On Monday, April 27, we are hosting Appalachian Traditions, a virtual discussion with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft. Folk School Quilting instructor, Pepper Cory will be joining the panel, along with Penny Prichard and Sue Williams. Register and join us on Zoom for our upcoming Appalachian Traditions discussion.
Hailing from Beaufort, NC, Pepper Cory is a quilting powerhouse! She is an internationally renowned quilter, instructor, lecturer, author, blogger, designer (fabric, pattern & stencil), former quilt shop owner, and collector with a large online presence.
Black & White String Star Quilt Detail by Pepper Cory
Pepper Cory in the Studio
Detail of String Star quilt by Pepper Cory
Pepper Quilting (c.1978)
A little bit about Pepper, in her own words:
In 1972, I saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for 5.00 and on the way home fell in love. From that moment on, I wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quilt makers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach me the art. Ever since, I’ve been collecting quilts, making quilts, writing books about them, designing needlework tools and sharing my love of quilting by teaching and lecturing.
For seven years (1976-1983), I owned a quilt shop called Culpepper’s Quilts, in East Lansing, Michigan. Teaching travels have taken me to 45 of the 50 states, plus Canada, England, France, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Obviously, I love traveling!
Plaid Scrap Quilt by Pepper Cory
Video courtesy of The Quilters’ Community, QuiltersTV Newsletter and Quilting Daily.
Appalachian Traditions Virtual Discussion
Sue Williams, TN, Basketry
Pepper Cory, NC, Quilting
Penny Prichard, NC, Quilting
This free, hour-long conversation provides a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process. We’ll explore the historic role of craft in Appalachia, examine its continued relevance today, and learn how practitioners are working to promote their craft and inspire the next generation of traditional makers.
View a Gallery of Pepper’s Work
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Detail of a Kasuri wall hanging made with indigo-dyed fabrics overlaid with asanoha (hemp leaf) pattern quilting by Pepper Cory.
Sashiko wall hanging combines traditional navy-white sashiko quilting with ‘moon’ appliques over patchwork blocks. By Pepper Cory.
Starry Night sampler quilt. Twenty different star patterns–the front of the 1997 Oxmoor House calendar. By Pepper Cory
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com