Heidi Proffetty

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #75.)

 

Heidi Proffetty is an award-winning quilt artist and teacher. Her quilts have been juried into American Quilter’s Society, International Quilt Association, traveled with Cherrywood Fabric’s Challenge exhibits, and exhibited in local galleries. She has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV and contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine. In 2018, she was featured on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.

In 2018, Heidi Proffetty’s mosaic quilt, Is She Ready Yet? won first place in the People, Portraits and Figures category at the 2018 International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX and in 2019 it won first place in the Small Wall Quilts-Pictorial at AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY. These huge honors are even more remarkable when you consider that, until about 2012, Heidi didn’t even know there was such a thing as an art quilt.

So, who is this new Quilting-Artist-phenomenon Heidi Proffetty? Where did she come from, and what is her secret sauce?

Because Heidi had a few of those AH HAH MOMENTS, she developed a new quilting technique that combines inspirational photography, mosaic design, machine quilting, and a digital die cutting machine. Yes, you read that right. A digital die cutting machine.

But, here’s the thing. Never in her wildest dreams did Heidi Proffetty believe she would one day become a celebrated quilt artist.

 

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