Cynthia England

Charleston 2019

Although she started with traditional quilts, Cynthia England’s hallmark is making realistic, detailed pictorial quilts. Using skills she developed as a commercial graphic artist, she creates quilts depicting some of her favorite subjects: flowers, nature, antiques, and architecture. After using appliqué to get the realistic effect in her early quilts, Cynthia gradually devised a machine-piecing technique she calls Picture Piecing. This technique breaks the design down into pieces that can all be sewn using straight seams, allowing her to include intricate details and shading without a single set-in seam. Cynthia’s stunning quilts have been winning first-place ribbons at local and national quilting events since 1991 and have graced the pages of many quilting publications. Her quilt, REFLECTIONS OF CAPE TOWN won the Handi Quilter Best of Show award at the 2016 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, making her one of only two people who have won Best of Show at IQF three times. Her quilt, PIECE AND QUIET was chosen one of The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts in 2000. See more at

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