SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Tina Schmidt, quilter and educator, will be featured at the Harvest Quilters of Central NJ’s 33rd annual quilt show on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

“My approach to quilting is more technical than artistic,” said Ms. Schmidt, a former scientific editor.

“I’m interested in different techniques such as curved piecing and deconstructing traditional quilt blocks. There is room for traditional blocks like shoofly and grandmother’s flower garden as a basis for taking it up a notch to a more modern quilting style,” she added.  

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Fresh takes on age-old designs and scrappy fabric choices define Ms. Schmidt’s three decades of quilting. 

Highlights of her work will include three dazzling mystery quilts made from the same pattern, but different fabrics. Visitors will be treated to multi-colored bed sized quilts with fabric from her scrap basket, quilts composed with modern ruler techniques, and those made in collaboration with other quilters.

For Ms. Schmidt, it’s not all about the finished quilts; her greatest pleasure comes from sharing her skills with children and fellow quilters. The Rutgers grad and adoptive mother of two Guatemalan children has taught quilting and sewing at after school programs in Scotch Plains/Fanwood and her daughter’s Somerset 4-H Club.

Ms. Schmidt, whose formal name is Christina, has led Harvest Quilters workshops in string piecing and mystery quilting, and spearheaded the creation of a raffle quilt for charity.  She conceived and coordinates the Harvest Quilters’ popular Block-of-the-Month program. 

Quilting is a family affair for this Fanwood resident, who was raised in Hasbrouck Heights. Her identical twin sister is a quilter and her husband’s grandmother quilted well past her 100th birthday. 

“I think people like quilts because they are like comfort food… maybe their mother had a quilt in the house.  People come to our quilt show to see what they remember and what’s being made today,” said Ms. Schmidt.

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is located at 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.  Please note that due to technical issues the exhibit is unfortunately not fully handicap accessible this year