Cynthia’s stunning quilts have been winning
1st place ribbons at local and national quilting events since 1991 and have graced the pages of many quilting publications.
Her most recognized quilt,
Piece and Quiet, was chosen as one of “The Twentieth Century’s Best
American Quilts” in 2000.
Cynthia began quilting at the age of 13, her interest in quilting
was piqued again in 1976 after seeing a displayof the Texas Sesquicentennial quilts in a nearby mall. Essentially a self-taught
quilter, she has made about 24 bed-sized quilts and over 70 wall quilts Although she started with and occasionally still makes
traditional style quilts. Cynthia’s hallmark is realistically detailed pictorial quilts. Using skills she developed
as a commercial graphic artist, she creates quilts depicting so me of her favorite subjects: flowers, nature, antiques and
architecture. After using applique 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 and allows her to include intricate details and
shading without a single set-in seam. Her first quilt made entirely from that technique, Piece and Quiet, was so successful
she was inspired to continue designing with the Picture Piecing method.
After numerous requests to teach her technique to other quilters, Cynthia
launched a line of Picture Piecing patterns and thus her business, England Design , was
born. This world wide web site shows all of Cynthia's prize winning quilts as well as the entire line
of England Design patterns.