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Coloring book design inspires local quilter

Turning to art quilting when she found the traditional tedious, Terry Stegmiller, a third-generation quilter, was inspired to devise her own technique.

“The technique that I use is almost like a coloring book,” Stegmiller said. “There’s not too many people using this technique.”

Stegmiller traces her original drawings onto white fabric before painting inside the lines like a child would use a crayon.

She uses textile paints that are designed for fabrics then incorporates layers of design using stencils, which add visual interest, she said.

“I prefer to use mixed- media techniques,” said Stegmiller, who started quilting in the mid-90s.

“The earlier years I was mostly dabbling with different techniques,” she said. “I took a few years to get to the point where I am today.”

Stegmiller has been teaching for two years at quilt shows and locally in Mandan and anywhere she can drive in a day, she said.

She’s written articles for quilting magazines and contributed projects and quilt designs to books.

Stegmiller has also designed a line of stencils that are sold at

Stegmiller will be teaching and displaying some of her pieces at Capital Quiltfest being held Friday through Sunday.

Her first piece is designed with her coloring book technique and is based on a photo of her granddaughter in a rocking chair.

“I think it turned out good,” she said. “There’s always an area here or there that I’m unhappy with, but I move on.”

Stegmiller’s second piece is a guild challenge, in which the artist is blindfolded before choosing a crayon representing the color in which the quilt will be designed. Stegmiller’s quilt is a table runner using traditional design and the color orange.

At the last quiltfest in 2012, Stegmiller won first place in the art quilt category, but she is not entered into any contest this year.

Stegmiller’s next goal is to design her own fabric line.

“I haven’t had any successes, but I’m feeling more confident in my computer skills to come up with repeat patterns and original work,” she said.

Capital Quiltfest will be at the Ramada Hotel and will feature hands-on classes, vendors, demos and a silent auction.

Class registration forms can be found at

For more information on Terri Stegmiller’s work, visit

Reach reporter Karee Magee at 701-250-8251 or


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