Millie

 
MILDRED (MILLIE) SORRELLS


   Through the years Millie has crocheted, knitted, been a seamstress, done handicrafts and learned to paint using acrylics and watercolors. These skills were good training for quilt making, because they each incorporated color, texture, design, and precision workmanship. In 1981 Millie decided she wanted to make a quilt. She had seen the book"Let's Make a Patchwork Quilt" advertised in the Farm Journal magazine; She ordered the book and in a year had made a Sampler quilt.The next year she made another Sampler, which had thirty different blocks; and, since then, has made over 200 quilts, large quilts, wallhangings, miniatures, and clothing. She has a constant urge to handle fabrics and has so many ideas that she won't live long enough to accomplish them all. There are several projects going all the time. Her first tendency was to do traditional quilts; but, as time went by, she wanted to design something different getting her ideas from all kinds of resources. She machine stitches most piecing, enjoys intricate appliqué and hand quilting, and in the last eight years has began doing heirloom machine quilting. Millie likes the relaxation of the handwork and the portability. She has learned a lot of new techniques out of the many books that are published and enjoys teaching these different techniques to her students. Millie has taught at local quilt shops and presents trunk shows and teaches classes for guilds around the country.
  She has been sending her quilts all over the United States to contests. Sometimes they win something and sometimes they don't, but one of the things she likes are the comments she receives, which tell you what you need to improve on. Millie’s quilts have placed in many shows: American Quilters Society Show, Houston International Quilt Festival, National Quilt Association, World Quilt and Textiles, Minnesota Quilters Show, Machine Quilting Exposition, Home Machine Quilting Show, Quilt Expo,  Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Quilt America, Dollywood, Quilting in the Tetons, Rockome Gardens Show, Miniature Quilt Magazine Contest, Better Homes & Garden Blue Ribbon Contest, Labor of  Love Contest, Illinois State Fair and quite a few others. Some of the Publications that her quilts have appeared in are: American Quilter magazine, Machine Quilting Unlimited, Miniature Quilt magazine front cover and pattern, Better Homes & Gardens book American Heritage Quilts-picture and pattern, Quilters Newsletter magazine, Quilting Today magazine. 1998, 2001 and 2011 AQS Calendar, 2001 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar and 2005 Lang calendar "American Quilt Calendar" put out by International Quilt Association,.
  In 2009 she had a showing of her award winning quilts at the AQS show in DesMoines, IA and also taught classes. 2010 has been a wonderful year for her.  She won the Bernina  Machine Workmanship Award with her quilt "Charisma" and it is now in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Her quilt " Cathedral Ceiling" won the Best Machine Workmanship Award  at the AQS show in Knoxville, TN.  At Quilt Expo in Madison WI. she was the featured artist with a display of twelve of her award winning quilts.                                                                                                                                                      
   Millie is a charter member of the American Quilters Society and has attended all thirty of their shows. She also belongs to National Quilting Association, International Quilters Association, Land of Lincoln Quilters Association-served as President 1998-99 &  treasurer 2013-2014, Prairie Quilters guild-served as President, and Quilt Expo 90, our Macomb show, served as chairman of the show. In Aug. of 2002 the Land of Lincoln Quilters Association inducted her into their Quilting Hall of Fame. In June of 2014 she was presented theNSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)American Heritage Comittee Women in the Arts Recognition Award  from the General Macomb Chapter of DAR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  Some of her other interests have been  lap swimming and exercising, snowmobiling, ice skating, hosta and flower gardening, thimble collecting, genealogy, and going to quilt shows and getting together with other quilters.  
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