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Journel Thomas
Native to Appalachia, Journel was born into a family that valued hard work, self-sufficiency and hand...


Asheville, NC

Janice Maddox

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I grew up sleeping under quilts made by my grandmother and filled with cotton grown by my grandfather.

I learned to quilt using time-honored traditions from women of the Southern Appalachians. Today, my bed quilts and fiber art are influenced by the strong geometric patterns of traditional quilts, but I bend the rules to give a more contemporary expression.

Personal experiences and my Appalachian environment provide inspiration for most of my work. 

I have been teaching quilting since 1991. My favorite students are beginners. If they can acquire a good foundation of techniques, they can go anywhere with their personal creativity and artistry. 

My quilts and fiber art can be found at the Allanstand at the Folk Art Center,  Parkway Crafts in Blwoing Rock, and Guild Gallery in Biltmore Village.

The North Carolina Arboretum will exhibit my art July 13, 2015  through October 4, 2015.