Here at the Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel, we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2019 classes.
After nursing school I was married and had three children. Once the children came I taught Sunday School, which led to Den Mother, Troop Leader and all around helper at the church and school. As the kids grew up, I found more time for myself and found the wonderful world of quilting. I had always sewn but quilting was new for me. That changed my life.
One class after another brought me more confidence and I taught my first class. Once I realized everyone was pleased with my classes, I decided to become certified. Eleanor Burns was coming to Tampa so I took her class and became a certified instructor. I have been teaching her classes and many others ever since. I love quilting and sewing- it is my passion. I hope to encourage new inspiration to all my students. It is relaxing, enjoyable and you can be as creative as you wish to be.
Laundry is never finished. There will always be more dishes to do, but when you sew something, it STAYS done! Rebecca has been sewing since she was seven, when her grandmother sat her down at the quilt frame and taught her to quilt by hand. She made her own wedding dress as well as her daughter’s wedding dress 22 years later. She has produced countless costumes, quilts, bags, toys, and home décor items. If you’ve always wanted to sew like your grandmother did, or make that cool thing you saw on Pinterest, Rebecca can help.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, the youngest of three, sewing and other needle crafts were a part of my upbringing. My grandmother taught me needlepoint and embroidery and my mother taught me how to knit and sew. By the time I was 10, I was using our old Singer to make simple garments and continued sewing intermittently through my teen years. I think I am most proud of a prom dress I made for a friend.
After a move to Florida with my parents, college then teaching kept me busy for the next few years. I do remember sewing curtains and covering cushions for my first apartment. After I married and was expecting a child, sewing became more important to me. Baby blankets, room decorations, and diaper covers to match my daughter’s outfits were some of my projects. As the years flew by the sewing machine came out periodically to make costumes and for home décor.
In 2009 I was diagnosed with cancer, retired and fell in love with quilting. After taking several classes I became somewhat proficient in the craft. I became intrigued by machine embroidery and how I could incorporate it into quilts and so branched out.
Now I sew for the love of sewing. I enjoy the challenges of learning new ways to create something beautiful and useful from bits of fabric and thread. I have made t-shirt quilts for fundraisers, memory quilts, quilts for friends and family and even done a bit of commission work. In the past few years, I have tried my hand at bagmaking, free motion quilting and quilting with rulers. Trying to balance my learning challenges with fun quick creations, I discovered the joy of “in the hoop” projects.
Recently I realized I wanted more and become part of the sewing family at the Sewing Center. While teaching, I am also mastering new skills. Currently I am an official Kimberbella, a certified OESD Embroidery Specialist and have two certifications from Baby Lock. My goal is to share my enthusiasm of everything machine sewing and quilting can offer.