Flower Valley Quilt Show Sept. 28-29; Teajuana Mahone is Featured Quilter

The Flower Valley Quilting Guild will hold its 15 biennial show on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon – 4 p.m. The show will be held at Atonement Lutheran church, 1285 New Florissant Road.

The show will feature approximately 300 quilted items including full-size quilts, wall hangings, miniatures and clothing. Also featured will be quilting demonstrations and quilt appraisals by certified appraiser Ann Hazelwood.

The guild will also hold a drawing for a raffle quilt on Sunday afternoon. The quilt, “Circle of Friends,” was designed by local art quilter Drew Benage and constructed by a group of guild members. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door during the quilt show. There will also be a vendors aisle featuring fabric, patterns, books, and accessories.

The Atonement Men’s Club Barbecue wagon will provide meals and concessions on site during both days of the show.

For more information about the show, email quilt show chair Carol Peck at peckc@umsl.edu or call her at 314-385-8210.

Teajuana Mahone began quilting in 1994, and she hasn’t stopped since. This is one of her prized creations

Teajuana Mahone began quilting in 1994, and she hasn’t stopped since. The year this creative and prolific designer and teacher will be honored as Featured Quilter at the Flower Valley Quilting Guild Show.

Mahone received her first sewing machine in 1986. She wanted to learn how to quilt but she didn’t’ know how to get started. Instead, she signed up for a community beginner sewing class and began making clothing for herself and her daughter. She often produced three to four new outfits a week.

“One day in July 1994, while shopping for fabric, I was in SoFro Fabrics and they were offering a free Christmas Block of the Month,” she said. “Participants received instructions for two quilt blocks each month and by December you would have twelve blocks and a completed quilt.” She enlisted a friend to join with her and they went to work.

“I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades and I love to try new techniques, especially using new quilt-related gadgets,” Mahone said. She has made over 400 quilted items since that first project 19 years ago. She likes quilts with unique piecing techniques, machine embroidery, and incorporating embellishments into finished projects.

Mahone joined the Flower Valley Quilting Guild in 2001, and has served in many offices including president. In 2010 she founded a Scrap Quilt club within the guild that meets once a month. She is also a member of the Sew busy Quilt Guild of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Missouri State Quilting Guild.

Mahone has won many awards from local guild quilt shows. In addition, her work has been accepted in the American Quilters’ Society Quilt Exposition  in Nashville, TN. She lives in North County with her husband Ben and daughter Stephania.

Although Mahone has shelves full of fabric, ,she still enjoys recycling scraps from previous projects into her quilts.

“As time has passed during my quilting journey, I have come full circle back to scrap quilting.”

Her love of quilting leads her to share her passion with others. In 2002 she began teaching classes at quilting guilds and at a local business. Also in 2002, she found the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Craft Guild. Since 2005 this popular teacher has given quilting classes throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area, elsewhere in Missouri, and in Iowa and Kansas

Mahone has a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and is currently employed full-time as a research analyst. She live in North St. Louis County with her husband Ben and daughter Stephania.

“I am looking forward to retiring within two years so that I may pursue quilting as a career,” she said. To see Mahone’s work, visit www.teaquilts.blogspot.com or www.teaquilts.com


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