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About Jan Mathews: Teacher, Quilter, Lecturer

Background Information

I began quilting in 1999. For the first couple of years, I focused on hand piecing / hand quilting because outdoor soccer fields did not provide electrical outlets (what's up with that?).

Teaching for me began in 2003 at Quilt Impressions in Stafford, Texas (Beginning Quilt Making - all by hand). It was around a year before I branched out into teaching machine piecing (in 2004), again working with beginners and “getting” that dreadful quarter inch seam right. My heart is still with beginning quilters.

Paper piecing classes are geared to teaching techniques (the Judy Niemeyer method) rather than a specific project making paper piecing very beginner friendly.

I hope you experience the fabulous world of quilting!

I have been privileged to teach in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma, as well as at Houston's International Quilt Festival. In 2013 I was invited to teach on a quilt cruise. A personal milestone was achieved September 1, 2012, when I became a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting.

In 2012 I was presented with an opportunity to contribute to the young men and women who are being educated / trained at our nation’s five military service academies. From 2012 through 2014, I enjoyed the honor of donating a quilt to be raffled at the Annual Christmas Ball given for the cadets of West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard. The red, white, and blue quilts in the Gallery are the donation quilts given each of those years. God Bless our service men and women.

For a more detailed biography and information about being a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting, Inc., please see

Awards Received:

Fall ‘n Star
Pattern: Hawaiian Star (aka Prairie Star)
Designer: Judy and Bradley Niemeyer
Completed: January, 2011
Pieced by: Jan Mathews
Quilted by: Brandy Rice (The Quilting Place)
Venues / Awards / Recognitions: 2011

2011:  West Houston Quilters Guild Quilt Show - Honorable Mention / Presidents’ Choice / Viewer’s Choice
Juried into AQS Quilt Show - Knoxville, Tennessee and Houston International Quilt Festival

2012: Included in “Oh, Judy!” quilt exhibit at the Galveston Customs House (January through March)
Juried into NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio and AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - First in Class, Best of Division, and Judge’s Choice Award
California State Fair - First in Class and Best of Division
NW Quilting Expo - First in Freehand Quilting (Large) Class
Juried into MDX Quilt Show and Road 2 California

Borders, Borders, Borders

Interpretation of “Borders Bonanza”
(Class with Winnie Fleming)
Completed: March, 2013
Pieced by: Jan Mathews
Quilted by: Brandy Rice (The Quilting Place)
Venues / Awards / Recognitions: 2013
West Houston Quilt Show - Third Place
Uptown Blanco Quilt Show - Best of Show
This quilt was donated to the Blanco First United Methodist Church as a raffle quilt.