Who is Rob Appell?
Rob Appell is a creative force to be reckoned with. He’s full of boundless energy and enthusiasm for life! When Rob’s not behind a sewing machine, you might find him out catching some waves on his surfboard or playing the guitar. As a California native, he spends plenty of time at the beach and loves the outdoors. His wife, Jenny, and two children, Brayden and Ruby, are the center of his world.
Rob’s quilting journey began while he was working at his mother’s quilt shop, the Cotton Ball. After becoming more familiar with fabrics and spending time as a Pfaff sewing machine technician, he realized that he’d caught the quilt pox and there was no cure! From then on he was hooked on sewing and even started designing his own quilts and showing them in exhibitions. Within a few years, Rob began designing fabric for Free Spirit and quilts for Michael Miller. He has spent the past four years as the host of Man Sewing for Missouri Star Quilt Company, filming over 250 original tutorials, and now he’s on to new adventures. He travels across the globe, teaching his unique quilt designs, and sharing his expertise. He loves teaching people to sew and he can’t wait to share his passion with you. Get ready for some high voltage edu-tainment—you know, like education+entertainment, with Rob Appell!
What is Rob known for? ■ Specializes in quilted seascapes and free motion machine quilting ■ Creator of the “Endangered Species Quilts” project and Operation Homefront fundraiser quilt “And the Flag Was Still There” which raised over $25,000 ■ Creator of the quilting notion the “Shark Applicutter” ■ Author of Making Waves ... Adventures of a Surf Quilter ■ Author of Color Strata: Seam, Cut, and Sew Abstract Quilts with Minimal Guidelines ■ Former host of Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s “Man Sewing” channel on YouTube ■ Has designs featured in BLOCK and ModBlock Magazine ■ Has his own line of quilt patterns in a variety of technique styles ■ Quilt designer for Michael Miller Fabrics ■ Sponsored quilt artist for Aurifil Threads ■ Spent 15 years as a certified technician for Pfaff sewing machines ■ Has recently sold quilts at the Nature Quest Art Gallery ■ Featured artist on “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson ■ Designed a fabric line for Free Spirit Fabrics entitled “Florals and Corals” ■ Licensed fabric designer for Telegraph Road Studios ■ Licensed embroidery designer for Cactus Punch ■ All quilts are 100% created and constructed by Rob Appell ■ All quilts are machine pieced, machine appliquéd, and machine quilted by Rob Appell ■ Available for consignment projects ■ Available to teach one-day and multi-day classes ■ Hosts and instructs at a four-day quilting retreat