Sew Easy, Sew Fast, Sew Beautiful with Jill McCloy–
- A nationally known sewing expert who has given seminars at national conventions for domestic and international students
- A recognized designer who has done pieces for museum shows and national sewing magazines
- An accomplished and loved sewing instructor
Jill fell in love with sewing as a child and got her first sewing machine at the age of four. She started teaching sewing in high school and hasn’t stopped since. A nationally loved and respected sewing designer, author, and teacher, she’s been spreading her SEW EASY, SEW FAST, SEW BEAUTIFUL philosophy for more than 20 years through classes, books, magazine articles, and patterns. Her sewing and embellishment techniques apply to general sewing, quilting, heirloom sewing, doll making, home decorating and more. She really can do it all!
As a designer, Jill makes imaginative patterns for quilts and other projects that are a pleasure to use. She made the Dragonfly Moon quilt for an invitational quilt show at the La Conner quilt museum. While working as a Viking educator, Jill became an expert in machine embroidery. Her designs include Japanese, Primitive, Floral and Battenburg Lace designs, as well as a doll face diskette. They are available through Cactus Punch and Viking. See the Gallery page for details.
As an author, Jill McCloy has published several books, including the “Heirloom Shirt” book and her quilt series. She was honored to be invited to participate in a Threads Magazine Sewing Challenge. The collection she produced for the Challenge was marked by simple, clean, versatile designs that highlighted the elegant fabrics and exquisite machine embroidery details.
But her greatest contribution to the sewing world is the many students she has taught and inspired. They complete projects they never thought they could. Breaking projects into easy steps, she uses an easy good humor that gets everyone laughing and talking and delighting in sewing. Just read below and you’ll understand why she is one of the finest sewing instructors ever. Whether you take one of her classes or use one of her patterns, she will wake up your imagination and inspire you to explore and get the most out of yourself and your sewing machine.
“Students in both CS Clubs talked to me yesterday about how much they enjoyed the club. You do a great job with it!…I just wanted to tell you again what a good teacher you are and to let you know how much I appreciate the work you put into making your classes of such high quality.” Anita Cobert, owner Country Stitches, Lansing, MI
“As a business owner, I appreciate that Jill McCloy is a conscientious and well-prepared teacher. She makes classes a lot of fun and is able to teach students of all skill levels. Her classes are not only educational but very enjoyable.” Laurie Davenport, owner of Casey’s Crafts and Quilting by the Sea, Langley, WA
“…Jill’s quilt patterns, complimented by her machine embroidery designs, allow us entry into the serenity of her world… Her instructions are simple to understand, easy to follow and a joy to construct.” Susan Schrempf, author of Simple Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Machine
“Great, as always.” M. Rasekons
“Liked her helpfulness in layout and friendly manner.” Paula Kilburn
“Liked everything! I really enjoyed the class! The instructor was terrific! Thanks!” Jennie O. Gaye
“Jill is an excellent instructor. She’s not just a sewing expert but communicates her subject clearly and completely. She inspires us to try new things, be more creative and to sew more efficiently. Topics are both practical and creative. Presentation is very human, down to earth, and humorous.” Sally Bown
“(Jill is) always interesting– great samples.”
“Jill creates an atmosphere that relaxes everyone with her spontaneous humor and wit. She has a straight forward approach in sharing her wonderful talents. She inspires! Thanks for bringing her to Lansing.” Mac Hartman
“Playing with the feet was a lot of fun. I finally learned how to do other things!”
“Get Jill to teach more of the advanced classes. She is very knowlegable and has a fun attitude!” Lou Crosby
“(Liked) the different combinations. Very good help.”
“Fun, friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.” Edie Nordleed
“Jill is an excellent teacher– great sense of humor.”
“Liked the ease of the class, the goood humor of the instructor” Alice Huber
“Like everything.” Raylene Slussee
“Liked having plenty of time to try new methods.”
“Jill makes it fun always! Jan Pfiefer
“Excellent class. Jill was very helpful. The project is beautiful.” N J McCauley
“…she was knowledgeable, pleasant, and treated no question as dumb. Also appreciated that she stayed longer than I thought she should have to help us finish.” Marilee
“…knew the material. Was not intimidating.”