About Me

I’m Emma Powell, or Emma Jane if you prefer to call me by my southern, double name. Named after my paternal grandmother, Emma Lee Powell – a quilter not to be reckoned with, I was born a quilter. It’s in my blood. My mother’s a quilter. My mother-in-law is a quilter. I’m continuing a family legacy here!

After three decades of quilting, I have tried most everthing. A fan of all kinds of quilting, I have narrowed down my style to three staples: vintage, scrappy, and repurposed. You will find one or all three of those elements in any of my quilt designs.

I spent 10 years as a middle and high public school ESL teacher. I apply what I learned about teaching public school to the quilting workshops I teach. Seeing my passion for quilting reflected in a student’s work is truly an honor. 

emma powell quilt tribune

Global Inspiration

I fell in love with learning about Latino culture from a fantastic high school Spanish teacher. I’ve had the fortune to study abroad in Spain, teach English in Costa Rica, and travel for lengthy periods of time in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, & Mexico. The colors, textiles, and techniques  have greatly influenced my creative style and my appreciation for craft art.