Linda Neal is an award- winning quilter who lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband Robert, 2 Great Pyrenees, and a tiny Maltese. She has 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. Linda began quilting 17 years ago after retiring from pediatric/neo-natal nursing to concentrate on quilting. Linda’s quilts have won numerous awards from: AQS Paducah and Phoenix, Houston IQA, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Shipshewana Quilt Festival, Quilt Odyssey, Road to California, Quilt Plano, and the Dallas Quilt Show.
Linda’s winning quilts are primarily applique with added embellishment. She often makes changes to the published pattern to add personalization and visual impact. Her goal is to make each block in the quilt her favorite. She challenges viewers to search for the added embellishment and detail in each block. Her motto “I can’t do easy,” shows in every quilt.
Besides applique, Linda is also known for English Paper Piecing. Her quilt, Perseverance, has 10,509 one -half inch hexagons. Perseverance has won many awards. Linda has made a DVD for Annie’s Crafts showcasing her English Paper Piecing techniques.
Linda enjoys sharing her knowledge of applique and English Paper Piecing with students. Her class includes lots of hands-on demonstrations and examples. Even the most advanced students will learn some new tricks! The patterns for the Academy of Applique classes were specifically designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the freezer paper/starch technique.
Linda is looking forward to teaching at the Academy of Applique and exploring Williamsburg.