Amelia Culpher raised her niece Andrea Faust in a house filled with sewing and creativity. An experienced seamstress, Amelia learned textile construction and mending from a neighbor in Fort Wayne. She recounts run-ins with home economics teachers in junior high school where she chose to stray from approved methods to make garments in her own way (successfully, she might add). She took her first paycheck from her job at Magnavox and bought a sewing machine. While sewing was a huge part of her life, quilting became her preferred method of expression in after retirement. With strong technical skills and an eye for design, she turned her talents toward quiltmaking. After a lifetime of sewing, and now over 15 years making quilts, Amelia is teaching Andrea sewing techniques and quilting aesthetics.
Creating utilitarian objects such as quilted travel bags, Amelia is no stranger to innovating within this time-honored tradition. Andrea combines her love of crochet with the precision of piecing and quilting to explore new means of expression. Amelia hopes that by the end of this apprenticeship, “Andrea will be able to create a world of things from the basics: squares, triangles, rectangles, and appliqué. The sky will be the limit.”