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Colleen O’Neill of Cornish, New Hampshire

Colleen O’Neill, of Cornish, NH.  Colleen has been a quilter since 1985, when her first niece and goddaughter was born. She has been sewing since age 7 when her mother allowed her to use the family Singer sewing machine.   

She owned her own long-arm quilting business, the Cornish Quilt Studio, from 2001-2006. 

She was a board member of the Vermont Quilt Festival from 2011-2015.  She was a past president of the Northern Lights Quilt Guild in Lebanon, NH, the NH State Quilters Association, and the Green Mountain Quilters. She is currently a member of the Northern Lights Quilt Guild and the Cornish Quilters.   She is also co-chair of the Cornish Fair Quilt Dept. 

Colleen loves to sew and enjoys teaching quilt classes.  She celebrates all quilters and reminds us all to sign and date our quilts.

Colleen O'Neill

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Jen Daly of Grantham, New Hampshire

Jen Daly is a quilt designer, author, and Etsy shop owner from Grantham, New Hampshire.  A lifelong sewist and lover of textiles, Jen started quilting in 2003.  Her first quilt design was published in Quilters Newsletter in 2011 and since then, Jen’s designs have been featured in magazines, calendars, and the Moda Bake Shop.  Jen’s first book Stitching for the Seasons (C&T Publishing) was released in 2019.  More recently, she has contributed designs to the Martingale/Moda Bake Shop books:  Best of Moda Bake Shop (2020), Moda Bake Shop: Did Someone Say Cake? (2022)and Moda Bake Shop: Rollin’ Along (2022).  

Jen Daly

Nola Forbes of St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Nola Forbes of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.  Nola has enjoyed a career as an educator of mathematics and computer programming. The inherent attention to detail, pattern identification and problem solving extend into her avocations.  

Practical geometry is practiced as an avid quilt maker. She is a 40-year member of the Kirby Quilters; past President of Green Mountain Quilters Guild; volunteer and former Trustee for the annual Vermont Quilt Festival. She demonstrates traditional and contemporary techniques, teaches and judges for many quilt venues throughout Vermont.  She completed interviews for the national Quilters’ Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.), an oral history project.  

As a seventh generation Vermonter, she also enjoys genealogical research. She is an active member in the Daughters of the American Revolution for the regional Saint John de Crevecoeur Chapter and for the state of Vermont.  She has a deep appreciation for the heritage that quilts and their makers have developed.  

Nola Forbes