March 14, 2023
Roger Winchell is not your typical quilt designer and maker. Following a 40-year
career in physics, mathematics, logistics, and computers, he retired in 2004.
After trying several hobbies and volunteer activities, he took a quilting class on a
dare from his wife, Katie, herself an accomplished quilter. His first finished quilt,
Deconstructing Cubes won Viewers’ Choice at the Asheville Quilt Show in 2010.
Almost every year since then he has produced one or two show quilts which have
either won ribbons or been juried into national quilt shows.
Roger began presenting quilt programs in 2016 and has given them at quilt guilds
across the South East (and once in his hometown of Ithaca, New York). He
presents his quilts with anecdotes about what inspired him from his education,
career, and life as a male quilter in a female dominated field. He also offers
classes based on his “outside-the-block” designs.
His quilts are all original designs. He uses standard piecing methods for many but
has adopted a method from Ann Holms AQS book 'No Sewing Until You Quilt it’;
a variation on fusible applique which allows you to piece just about anything you
can draw. He pieces, quilts, and binds his quilts on his home machine, a Janome
Horizon 7700. Besides competition quilts he makes charity quilts and quilts for
many of his friends and neighbors. He is 77 years old and hopes to keep quilting
for another 20 years (at least).