Nancy Di Donato has been a quilter since 1970 having most recently become immersed in the world of textile art. Since she is, by nature, an unconventional person, she usually finds herself slightly off the beaten path. She loves the challenge of inventing new ways to do things and has used this trait in her fiber art. Her innovative works are one part quilting, one part engineering, often consisting of multiple pieces connected in unconventional ways. Her materials are atypical of those usually found in quilts.
Her originality, as well as her sewing skills, has won her numerous awards, including several Best of Show, on both local and national levels. Her quilt, “Home, Glorious Home!” was selected for the Adirondack Museum’s three year long exhibit: Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters. In May 2015 she was awarded the Miriam Kashiwa Award in the Central Adirondack Art Show at View Arts Center in Old Forge.
Having had many requests, Nancy finally succumbed and began offering lecture/trunk shows and workshops hoping to inspire others to try something outside of their comfort zone. Her workshops proved popular and eventually led to her being asked to be an instructor at both the 2013 and 2015 Vermont Quilt Festivals. .
Her work was featured in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Feb/March 2010, as well as The Iowan, October 2009, and several other national publications.
For the past seven years Nancy has done commissioned works for the DMC Corp. for display at national trade shows including The International Quilt Festival in Houston, and the National Needlearts Assn. show in Long Beach, CA, as well as the DMC Corp. print ads in several international quilting magazines.
Nancy’s latest endeavor involves exhibiting, along with other members of her fiber art group, ARTAA, as part of the Mancuso Quilt Festivals’ national tour 2015-16.
She and her husband live on Trout Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State in a home they built with the help of their five children. For Nancy, creating has always been, and will always be a way of life.