About me

A long-ish biography about my quilting journey.

I have been sewing since my legs were long enough to reach the pedal of the sewing machine. I learned to knit, crochet, embroider, macramé and bead-weave as a young child. I have wonderful memories of many enjoyable hours spent doing crafty things such as painting-on-velvet, baking “shrinky-dinks” and weaving pot holders out of knitted fabric strips. Those childhood endeavors led to a life filled with the love of making handmade items.

As a young mother, I wanted to make a quilt for my newborn son, so I signed up for a class at the local library. That was in the mid 1980’s. I’ve been quilting non-stop since, and have never looked back! I joined the local quilting guild; over the next few years I signed up for just about every workshop the guild offered.  I was lucky to begin my quilting journey by studying with nationally known quilters such as Roberta Horton, who taught me how to piece with plaids, and her sister, Mary Mashuta, from whom I learned to love stripes. Taking a workshop given by Ruth McDowell, I developed complex piecing skills; from instructors with styles as varied as Elly Sienkiewicz and Jane Sassaman, I learned to appliqué. Traveling to quilt shows and seminars, I was able to study with great artists such as Michael James, Harriet Hargrave, Emily Richardson, Hollis Chatelain, Cynthia Corbin and the great Nancy Crow. Those fabulous instructors opened my eyes to the artistic possibilities in the world of textile art.

In 1995 I began to work in a local quilt shop (now closed) where I taught classes in free-motion machine quilting, couching by machine, free-motion machine embroidery, fusible appliqué, reverse appliqué, color/design, and even classes based on quilts from my own pattern line, Inventing Tradition, as well as many popular patterns and books.

My pattern business began accidentally, as I tried to fill a void for quilt shop customers who complained that although there were plenty of patterns available for Christmas quilts, there were none that celebrated Jewish traditions such as Hannukah and Passover. I designed a few such quilts and offered classes in the quilt shop. They proved popular, encouraging me to develop them into patterns. I marketed the patterns, selling them to quilt shops and distributors for a few years. In 2008, I sold the pattern company to 1-800-Dreidel, a Judaica distributor located in California.

In 2005 I was invited to give a slide presentation to my own guild, and then branched out, traveling to other guilds in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region. I travelled to the Washington D.C. area to present my “Goddess Project” lecture and workshop for the Friendship Star Quilters.

In 2008, during a trip to Venice, Italy, I was introduced to the  lace made on the lagoon island of Burano. It was love at first sight, and when I returned from my trip, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. In 2009, I travelled back to Venice for a three-week stay to learn from an expert how to make that beautiful, intricate lace, called “punto in aria.” Since then, the lace has influenced my work, leading to a new series of quilts called Venetian Lace.  In this series I employ the use of both improvisational piecing and fused appliqué, along with a technique I call “free-motion-blanket-stitching.” Also new to this series is the use of hand-embroidered edgings.

In January of 2015 I accepted a position as a manager and instructor at a local vacuum and sewing machine dealer. I created a quilt shop from “scratch,” designing the space, selecting the fabrics, notions, patterns and books to be sold, and teaching  all of the quilting classes as well as giving private lessons and running events and sit and sews. After five years, I left the shop to open my own business.

The Quilt Whisperer is my way of sharing my passion for quilting, and all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years. I love to teach. There’s nothing more exciting to me than that light that shines in someone’s eyes when s/he realizes that “s/he’s got it,” whether it’s someone new to quilting or someone who’s just discovered a new technique.

My official bio (to be used for guild newsletters, etc.)

Elizabeth Rosenberg uses her sewing machine to create art from fabric and thread. Her carefully crafted, award-winning pieces feature abstract images of flowing lines.

Elizabeth teaches and lectures about art quilting,

She lives in Aquebogue, a little village on the beautiful north fork of Long Island, New York, with her husband and her little chihuahua-ish dog Topolina (the Italian word for Disney’s Minnie Mouse).

My artist statement.

I create art using fabric and thread.

I am fascinated by lines, especially flowing lines that meander and curve as they form organic, sensuous paths. I see beautiful lines everywhere in the world around me. It give me enormous pleasure to translate them into lines of thread that create dimension and cast shadows as they hold the layers of my pieces together.

For me, it’s all about that flowing line.

Exhibits and Awards

2010

Art Quilts XV: Needleplay, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler AZ

2009

The Salon Seven: Stitching it Together, New Rochelle, NY

2008
A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First Place

Textile Discoveries, Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY

2007

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – Second Place
A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Finalist

2006

Folks in Fiber, Cahoon Museu m of American Art, Cotuit, MA,

Nudes, Nature and Nurture, Quilters’ Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA

A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Finalist

2005
In The Garden, NJ Quilt Convention, Edison, NJ
The Salon Seven: Sharing The Joy, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
Visions of Women, UCONN, Storrs, CT, May
Women in the Arts, Torrington, CT
A World of Quilts, Somers, NY- Third Place
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, New Albany, IN

2004

Visions of Women, Hartford, CT
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, N

Cultures of Westchester: Folk Art Visionaries, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY

A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Finalist

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First and Second Place

Quilts as Art at Priam Vineyard, Colchester, CT

Expressions, New Haven, CT

A Survey of Styles at LBI Foundation, Loveladies, NJ

Fiber Revolution at the River Street Gallery, New Haven, CT

Fiber Revolution at the Martucci Gallery, Irvington NY

Reflections: NSQG Challenge Exhibit, Somers, NY & Lancaster, PA – Second Place

Art Quilts: Elements, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC

Considering Quilts 2004: Fiber Artists Explore the Quilt Form, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Quilters Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA, Finalist

Quilts as Art, University of CT, Storrs

2003

A Page from My Book: The 2003 Journal Quilt Project, Int’l Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

Wrapped in Cloth: The Human Figure in Textiles, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – Second place

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

Quilts for Art Sake II,Gallery 214 ArtSpace, Montclaire, NJ

America: From the Heart, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, OH

Quilts as Art, Ellen Traut Collection Gallery, Hartford, CT

Art Quilts VIII: A Cut Above, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ

Fiber Revolution: Quilts as Art, Rathbun Free Public Library, East Haddam, CT

World Quilt & Textile, Lansing, MI & Manchester, NH 

A Page from My Book: The 2002 Journal Quilt Project

April – Int’l Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL

May – Int’l Quilt Market, Portland, WA

June – Quilts NY!

July-August – Appalachian Cultural Center at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 

Japanese-American Architectural Challenge,International Tour (invitational)

2002

A Page from My Book: The 2002 Journal Quilt Project, Int’l Quilt Festival, Houston, TX 

Dallas Quilt Show, Honorable Mention, Masters Class

Born in the USA: Contemporary Quilters Look at Their Music (invitational) Lancaster, PA

9/11: Las Artistas Reaccionan, US Embassy, San Jose, Costa Rica

2001

NSQG Challenge Exhibit,Somers, NY and Lancaster, PA, First Place

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First Place

Japanese-American “Word” Challenge, Tokyo, Japan (invitational)

2000

Singing the Blues: A Retrospective, Brookfield, CT (invitational) 

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First Place

NSQG Silent Auction, Somers, NY (invitational)

American Quilters Society Show,Paducah, KY – 1999

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, First Place Professional & Judge’s Choice, 1999

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY, First Place, 1999

Quilts… A World of Beauty, Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Finalist, 1999

Seeing Red: The Redwork Project,Indianapolis, IN – 1999

Greater Flint Art Council Presents Quilts at the Crossroads,Flint MI – 1999

The Hoffman Challenge 11th Anniversary,USA Tour, 1998

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First Place, 1998

Quilts=Art=Quilts Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY – 1997

A World of Quilts, Somers, NY – First Place, 1997

Bibliography:

Quilting Arts Magazine, Fall 2004 “In the Spotlight: Elizabeth Rosenberg of Yorktown Heights, NY”

Magic Patch, UK edition, “Exhibit: Wrapped in cloth, the human figure in textile” by Elisabeth Fuchs

Magic Patch, French edition, “Exposition: Wrapped in cloth, the human figure in textile”

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting™ November/ December 2003, “Glory Quilts”

Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, September 2003, Strawberry Fields Forever

America From the Heart: Quilters Remember September 11, 2001 curated by Karey Bresenhan, 

C&T Publishing, Reaching Up to the Sky

McCall’s Quilting Magazine, Redwork Revival, June 2000

Publications:

McCall’s Quilting Magazine, December 2003, “Spinning Dreidel”

Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library Series

Volume 13: Quilt Embellishment. Put Couching in Your Lineup

Volume 11: Innovative Piecing. Show Stopping Pieced Appliqué, and 

Off-Kilter but On-Target. Hearts Askew is the cover quilt.

Volume 10: Rotary Cutting & Speed Piecing. The Dog Quilt

Private Collections:

Susan Rubino, Austin TX: Reaching Up to the Sky II

Jeri Riggs, Dobbs Ferry NY: Trial Mystery

James & Joyce Feather, Dallas TX: Reaching Up to the Sky

Karen Eckmeier, Bedford NY: Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Mary Gay Leahy, North Salem NY: Illumination

Linda Hawkins, Great Barrington MA: My Favorite Zebras

Charles Shafer and Mary Fitzgibbons, Rio Rico AZ: The Fat Ladies

Carolyn Lee Vehslage, Erial, NJ: The Three Fat Ladies

Zach Morowitz, New Haven, CT: Flowers & Flies V

Suzanne Sunday, Bedford NY: Flowers & Flies IV

Joyce Sullivan, Somers NY: Flowers & Flies III

Barbara Sferra, Katonah, NY: Flowers & Flies VI

Joan Weth, Croton Falls, NY: Coneflower Pop

Georgia Heller, Stamford, CT, Citrus Posies (Journal Quilt ’02)

Karen Phelps, Yorktown Heights, NY, African Mask (Journal Quilt ’03)

Elizabeth Brooks, Suffern, NY, Morning Glories

Linda Hawkins, Stamford, CT, Trio of Butterflies

Corporate Collections:

Fairfield Processing Corp, Danbury, CT 

Affiliations:

 International Quilt Association

• American Quilter’s Society