Donna Clauer Stufft: Born in Philadelphia, I grew up in western PA, graduating from Indiana Univ. of PA in 1973 with a BS in Elementary Education. I was an elementary and preschool teacher for 15 yrs in Bel Air, MD, where I lived for30 years and where I still continue to coordinate the Bel Air Festival for the Arts, which I’ve done for 31 years. I’ve now lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, in Temperanceville, for 8 years, where I enjoy quilting, gardening, fishing, and spending time with my family/grandchildren who have all moved here, too!
I’ve been a quilter most of my adult life, making a transition from traditional quilting to creating art quilts about 20 years ago. I display and sell my work at arts and craft events in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as at a local gallery. I also present lectures to quilt guilds, sewing clubs, and quilt shops about my journey in quilting and how I create my art; I teach workshops and private art quilt classes, and I do commission work. To date, 5 of my quilts have won ribbons in national quilting events, including Best of Show for Wall Quilts at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in 2012. Three of my quilts were winners in Quilting Arts Magazine’s annual calendar contest and were included in their calendars in 2004, 2005, and 2007. In 2009 my entry won their Judge’s Choice award, and the quilt was published in the magazine. The centers of my quilts are hand painted using acrylic paints; borders are added, and the quilt is then layered with batting and backing. Free-motion thread-sketching (using my sewing machine) adds detail, enhances the color, and adds texture to each piece, with rayon and cotton threads. I paint and sew until I’m pleased with the piece. I enjoy creating quilts that feature nature: landscapes, florals, and shore birds.