Internationally celebrated quilt artist Carol Taylor to give workshops, talks on Hilton Head Island

abredeson@islandpacket.comFebruary 17, 2013 

  • The Palmetto Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort on Hilton Head Island. Award-winning quilt artist Carol Taylor will present "Working in a Series." The event is open to the public. Cost is $5. The guild's gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is in Pineland Station. Details: 843-757-2613, www.palmettoquiltguild.org

Over the past two decades, Carol Taylor has created more than 500 quilts.

The Pittsford, N.Y., resident is known internationally for her quilting skills. She has won many awards for her work at national and international shows, including six "Best of Show" awards for six different quilts.

Taylor's quilts have been featured on the covers of "Quilting Arts Magazine," "American Quilter" and "Quilters Newsletter." Her work has even been seen on "Sesame Street."

She has spoken to quilting groups all over the world -- in Australia, Sweden, Iceland, Spain, Canada and almost every state in the U.S.

She has never been to Hilton Head Island, but that will soon change. Taylor will be giving a variety of lectures and workshops in the Lowcountry between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24.

The first two events will be for the Palmetto Quilt Guild. Taylor will present a "Going in Circles" workshop Feb. 20 and "Working in a Series" on Feb. 21. The workshop is for members only; however, guests are welcome to observe.

She will also speak at Quilters of South Carolina from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24 on Hilton Head. She will present "Arc-i-Textures Wall Hanging" on Feb. 22, "Sew Many Quilts, So Little Time" on Feb. 23 and "Sensuous Lines & Curves Workshop" on Feb 24.

Palmetto Quilt Guild president Linda Solis said Taylor does some fabulous work.

"We were actually really lucky to get her because the Quilters of South Carolina, which is a state group, is having their spring meeting on the island," Solis said. "And we got to piggyback on and get Carol to come to our meeting in addition."

Taylor said she never planned to spend her life making quilts and traveling the world showing people how to do the same. She began quilting in 1993 after owning a recruiting business for 22 years and teaching school prior to that. She said she's thrilled to be able to use her quilting skills, teaching degree and business experience to run the quilting business.

"I'm looking forward to coming to South Carolina," Taylor said. "It's definitely a really nice place to be in the winter. And the people that I've worked with ... They've just been delightful."

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