Crystal Smythe - Tecumseh, Michigan - 517.423.9500 - firstname.lastname@example.org
and Long Arm Lyrics
A lifelong love of sewing has led me in many directions since my early childhood, when my mother patiently shared with me her love of the art.
I made my first stuffed animal (a bear), when I was about 5 years old, and have experimented with and exploited just about every sewing technique since; through garment construction and tailoring, heirloom sewing, original machine embroidery, quilt piecing and free-motion quilting with my home machine, creating mohair teddy bears (BookShelf Bears) and now. . . machine quilting with two APQS Millenium longarm machines equipped with the IntelliQuilter computerized robotic quilting system! With the addition of the Intelliquilter I have unlimited creative options with which to complete your quilt top. What fun!
Over the years, I have been pleased to receive recognition for my sewing efforts: I had bears nominated for the 1998 and 1999 Golden Teddy Awards - it was truly an honor to be among such a talented, creative and distinctive group. I've also received an award from Husqvarna Viking for my original machine embroidery, as well as honored in a challenge by Sulky of America. Additionally, one of my quilts has been shown in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as a result a competition sponsored by a batting manufacturer. I have received numerous awards for my machine quilting, as well.
Prior to the birth of
my son in 1989 I was an educational administrator. I considered it a
promotion to have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom. Itching to
stay busy and creative brought me to the present - a self-employed
machine quilter working at home in a lovely, roomy studio built
especially for this purpose. I got my first APQS Millenium in 2004,
added the IntelliQuilter in 2008, and added another Millenium and IQ
in 2009. In addition, I have worked one day a
Ann Arbor Sewing Center for the last 18
years. I am also a Certified IntelliQuilter Trainer, and teach
around the country in private studios as well as at national
conventions, such as the prestigious
I was very pleased to be
published in the magazine,
Machine Quilting Unlimited in May,