Member Spotlight: Helen Smith Stone

Introducing Helen Smith Stone from Duluth, Minnesota.

"I have learned so much as a member of AVT! Lyric is truly a master at online learning! She is so supportive ... providing outstanding resources and hosting knowledgeable speakers who offer worthwhile information and guidance. I have been steadily learning and growing at my own pace while meeting so many interesting, creative people. Enrolling in the AVT Masterclass was an excellent investment."

What do you teach?

I teach Quiltmaking for Beginners workshops and Machine Quilting for Beginners workshops (using a domestic machine). I formerly taught Longarm Quilting for Beginners for 20 years. In addition, I present a Lecture/Trunk Show, "A Quiltmaker's Journey," a retrospective from my first quilt (1979) to my latest quilt (2023) (40 quilts). Recently, I was named "Minnesota Quilter of the Year 2024." I am filled with joy and extremely honored to have received this award.

Why do you teach?

As a former K-6 educator, I have always felt that if I know how to do something, I should share it with others who are interested in learning. Teaching is very rewarding. Seeing my students progress and develop new skills brings me great joy. By teaching, I also learn and grow from each experience.

What else do you love?

Living in northern Minnesota and along Lake Superior, I experience four beautiful seasons throughout the year. My husband and I enjoy walking/hiking, bike riding, sailing, bird-watching, cabin-time, sitting around a campfire, and supporting our local artistic community by attending live theatre, musical events, and art exhibits. I am also an avid reader and regularly practice yoga.

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