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You will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining lecture
and enjoyable quilting class than one taken with international
quilt teacher and quilt fabric designer and creator and former
Executive Editor of Quilter's Home magazine, Mark Lipinski.
Dubbed "the bad boy of quilting" by the international press,
Mark's no holds barred, brutally honest, ritous PG-13 talks
are half quilting and all stand-up comedy.
As a designer, Mark's work has been seen in McCall's Quilts,
Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, McCall's Quick Quilts,
Quiltmaker, American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilts
and More, The Quilter, Irish Quilting, and Fabric Trends
magazines and has been a guest on HGTV's Simply Quilts.
He as also launched a line of his own quilting patterns, called
The Quilts of Pickle Road. Mark has been commissioned to
design products and workshops for Island Batiks (Bali and
California), M&S Textiles (Australia), Langa Lapu (South
Africa), Wrights EZ Tools, Libas Limited Silk, Lakehouse
Fabrics, Northcott Fabrics, Maywood Studio, Andover Fabrics,
Benartex Fabrics, and Prym Dritz.
As a fabric designer, Mark's premier fabric collection, katmandu,
was the very first line of quilting fabrics that was specifically
designed to be embellished. Now designing for Northcott, Mark
has released several hit collections of the past 2 years — califon,
krakow, oakdale, and winter's grace, as well as a line of sumptuous
blender fabrics called elements.
His work with a senior citizens group won the "Viewer's Choice"
award at the The State Guild of New Jersey Quilt Convention
(the largest all volunteer show on the East Coast) and had been
commissioned by The National Council of Jewish Women to
design, teach and construct a quilted huppa )a wedding tent or
canopy) project for the group.
A veteran Emmy Award nominated and Cable Ace Awrd winning,
talk show producer, programming and development executive,
he worked on shows such as Oprah, The View, The Joan River's Show,
Sally Jessy Raphael, Attitudes and Ricki Lake (to name but a few).
Locally, Mark is a past Vice President of the State Quilt Guild of
New Jersey, the past Vice President for The Common Threads
Quilters, and member of The Nubian Heritage Quilters, The Garden
State Quilters and The Brownstone Quilters. On a national level,
Mark is a member of the Quilt Professionals Network, Studio Quilt
Art Associates, and the American Quilter's Society. A native of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark has called "home" to San Francisco
(where he was a social worker at The Children's Hospital of
San Francisco and headed up the milieu program for the Adolescent
Day Treatment Center), Miami, Chicago, and Manhattan. Mark
and his family moved from the hustle and bustle of New York City
into a historical 1865 "fixer upper" in Long Valley, New Jersey.
There, he raises honey bees and laying hens when he's not being
"called" to his design studio (where his family will one day find
him dead and crushed by the too many bolts of fabric and years
worth of magazines and books that he can'tthrow away, and will