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DPA - Dewpoint Arts - Dawn Piasta

I started sewing when I was eight years old. Mom gave me a book and the supplies I would need; I never looked back. I made my own clothing (that I actually wore) when I was in grade eight. Later, in my teens to meet boys in high school I offered to hem their jeans. I started quilting in 1995. For me, quilting is a great way to express my feelings for the things I love.

I was once asked who my quilting hero is, without a doubt it is my great-grandmother. As a young woman of 17 she raised four of her siblings. Twice widowed, she raised ten of her own children; all while operating a farm. As a young girl, I remember being amazed by her energy, and the fact that she hand-made a quilt for every one of her children and grandchildren. She crocheted an afghan for each of her great-grandchildren. This made a huge impression on me. She always made it look so easy. I do not recall every seeing her without a sewing or crochet needle in her hand. I want to leave a legacy like she did.

I am actively involved in local, provincial & federal textile and quilting organizations as well as several global advocacy programs & projects. In August of 2019 I took early retirement from my full-time government job so that I could delve fully into the quilting world and broaden my teaching exposures. I participated in the inaugural Threads of Success Conference that took place during the 2019 International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. It was here that my world was rocked upside down and I was ready to make my quilting and teaching dreams come true.

I am a lifelong learner and passionate motivational teacher. When I work with students, I don't stand back and lecture about what they should be doing; as everyone has a unique perspective and that needs to be nurtured. Sometimes I feel like a cheerleader cheering each student on to a new victory or boosting morale and confidence levels.

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