Who is Tonya Belinda Phillips?
My husband, Doug, and I have lived in the tiny mountain community of Camp Sherman, Oregon since 1972. Our sons, Charlie and Ande, are living in Bend, Oregon and working in the family climbing equipment business. We live a very active lifestyle enjoying skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, sailing and gardening.
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I learned the love of hand work from my mother, Marjorie Hood. From crewel embroidery, to sewing, counted cross-stitch and knitting and then in 1992 I fell in love with quilting. Growing up with all of that hand sewing has carried over to my quilting. I now have a small studio in Sisters, Oregon but I do most of my hand sewing at home or on the road. That is the beauty of hand work….you can take it almost anywhere with you.
I continue to have the wonderful opportunity to share my work and knowledge through classes and workshops around the country. I am constantly inspired by this beautiful world we live in and by all of the creative people I get to meet through quilting.
Several of my quilts have been featured in various quilting books including, Through the Garden Gate by Jean and Valori Wells, Transitions by Andrea Balosky and Quilted Memories by Mary Lou Weidman. And much of my applique work is beautifully presented in my book, "Hand Appliqued Quilts, Beautiful Designs & Simple Techniques".