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Superior Stars: Nancy Arseneault

Posted: 20 August 2015 at 6 a.m.

Nancy Arseneault

Nancy is a humble quilter with amazing talent. Let's get to know Nancy a bit better by reading about her quilt. The Quilt with the Dragon Tattoo took a first place ribbon at Road to California as well as the Honorable Mention award at Houston last October.  She hopes it will be judged at PIQF this year and has entered it into the AQS show in Phoenix next January.

Quilt With The Dragon Tatoo

Quilt With The Dragon Tatoo

In this quilt, Nancy used Kimono Silk, Superior Metallic and MonoPoly threads. She used Copper Metallic when quilting the scales on the dragon’s body. Kimono Silk was used for background quilting when she wanted the texture of the quilting to show, not the thread itself.

The Quilt with the Dragon Tattoo came about because Nancy’s husband wanted a dragon tattoo. She wasn’t a fan of the idea, but he persuaded her to work with the tattoo artist on an image of a dragon. Stephanie Noell Davis (the tattoo artist) found a way to incorporate some of Nancy’s favorite quilting motifs into a beautiful dragon image. Her husband got his tattoo and she got the inspiration for her next quilt. When the dragon quilt finishes its show career, it will be given to Stephanie as a wedding gift.

Nancy says that she is especially grateful for amazing quilters who have mentored her over the past decade. Sharon Schamber inspired Nancy with her ingenuity and amazing machine quilting skills. Jane Sassaman gave Nancy the confidence to make original work and taught her techniques that she uses in almost every quilt. The other gifted quilter who continues to inspire Nancy is her best friend, Lois Podolny. Nancy says Lois’s work is extraordinary and her dedication to quilting is like a force of nature.

Images courtesy of Nancy Arseneault

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  • 6. Renee Perlman (05 June 2016 at 9:28 a.m.)

    I am looking to find a quilter who will do custom work on my quilts. If you have any thoughts I would appreciate it very much. Thank you, Renee
  • 5. Robyn Dall (25 October 2015 at 11:17 p.m.)

    I would love to get in contact with nancy and see if she has this amazing quilt in pattern to sell. I would LOOOVVVEEEE to make it!
  • 4. Jane Sassaman (20 August 2015 at 5:09 p.m.)

    Nancy is a friend and an amazing quilter. Her dedication to the art of quilting is evident. And her amazing skills accelerate with each project. Her quilting is to die for!!!!!
  • 3. Kathy H (20 August 2015 at 4:34 p.m.)

    Of all Nancy's quilts, this is my favorite! Her incredible talent shows through each and every stitch. If you get a chance to see it, make sure to allow yourself a minimum of 15 minutes to take in this wondrous work of art.
  • 2. Kathy Budd (20 August 2015 at 4:15 p.m.)

    What an amazing gift!!!
  • 1. Diane McLauchlan (20 August 2015 at 10:07 a.m.)

    Wow! Inspiring in itself.

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