Lilo caught up with Nancy Arseneault in front of her quilt, Save the Last Dance for Me, at the International Quilt Festival 2019 in Houston. Nancy talks about her love for "day of the dead" quilts and the origin of this particular quilt. In a strange coincidence, we taped the interview on Dia de los Muertos.

Watch Nancy with Lois Poldony in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

See the quilt up close below, then
Learn more about Nancy below the pictures.

(The sound is a little bit off as we were taping right on the festival floor with an audience in the background.)



Nancy Arseneault is now an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Inductee for 2019. They write,

A third-generation quilter, Nancy has brought innovation and inspiration to the quilting world for over 40 years. Since 2004, she has been an active leader in the Tucson Quilters Guild. Her roles have included Program Co-Chair, Judging Co-Chair, instructor,mentor, author, and ambassador.

Nancy’s achievements include many accolades for her whimsical series of quilts based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Her Dia de los Muertos quilts were featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and on episode #1907 of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Nancy has had eight quilts juried into the Houston International Festival Show, with an award in 2014. She has had six quilts juried into American Quilters Society shows, three Road to California shows, and three National Quilt Association shows. Nancy received Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Awards in 2011 and 2019.

Congratulations Nancy!

Nancy was kind enough to send us photos of some of her exceptional work to share with you. But once you've seen her quilts in person, you'll understand that these photos just don't do them justice.

Star Members can watch Nancy in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends along with her BFF, Lois Podolny.

In this show Nancy and Lois each share a technique for machine quilting. Lois gives you a clever way to quilt concentric circles in metallic thread and Nancy walks you through her machine quilting process, offering advice from preparing your sewing machine and work area, through proper bobbin winding and making sample thread sandwiches.

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#11 Marlene Falot Stab 2019-11-08 10:04
Such a wonderful quilt. Great detail.
#10 Patty Bertrand 2019-09-15 10:24
WOW those quilts are very inspirational to me.
#9 AnnFahl 2019-09-13 11:55
Such joyous use of color, wonderful.
#8 Bethelbee 2019-09-13 09:34
Love this quilt! And love anything with Dia de los Muertos!
#7 friedapickett 2019-09-13 05:17
She certainly deserves this recognition. She has a creative mind as well as superb skill. Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day with her as she works? Find out what goes on in her mind?
#6 Melonie Cutler 2016-10-09 11:21
I am not a fan of skeletons and skulls but Nancy makes it fun and not have that evil look as it is most often associated. The ballerinas made me laugh as it is so delightful and clever. Love her creations!
#5 Debbie Joyner 2016-10-01 21:06
Loved the Quilting Bee de lo Muertos!
#4 Jean Pittman 2016-10-01 13:56
Absolutely amazing. As a new quilter I can't imagine how Nancy's mind works to have such wonderful talent in so many different ranges. Nancy, you bring new creativity to me as I learn to explore quilts.
#3 Ladywingnut 2016-10-01 00:33
I remember that ballerina quilt from the Tucson quilt show a few years ago, what a wonderful quilt! Your work is outstanding!
#2 Elaine Adair 2016-09-30 13:43
Wow! LOVE the ballerinas best but all were outstanding!!!
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