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Jo Ann Blade is an award winning longarm quilter. She was one of the first Certified Trainers for Statler Stitcher when the program was first instituted. She is also a Bernina embroidery software instructor. Jo Ann has combined her knowledge of the computerized longarms with the knowledge of applique to create amazing show quilts. Jo Ann began teaching how to applique using your longarm quilt machine over nine years ago. She is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. Jo Ann lives in Sedro Woolley, Washington, near her children, grandchildren and assorted critters.
About Jo Ann Blade and Kim Diamond
In 2011 Jo Ann joined forces with Kim Diamond to make show quilts. Their show quilts have won numerous awards, been featured in Magazines and on TV shows. All their show quilts are created 100% using a Statler. Kim and Jo Ann are known for their applique techniques. In 2015 Kim and Jo Ann were approached by Mary Kerr to quilt a quilt for her upcoming book called “Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist.” They said applique was their thing and asked if they could use old applique quilt blocks and create a new quilt by appliqueing with them. Dahlias in the Snow was the quilt that Kim and Jo Ann created. It is in the book and currently traveling in the Twisted Exhibition.
In 2016 Kim and Jo Ann traveled to Brisbane and Melbourne Australia to team teach Statler users about applique on the Statler. They had so much fun they have begun team teaching more and more.