Faculty » Joanne Winn
Joanne Winn is a quilt teacher and designer currently living in Poland, Ohio. The sole designer of quilt patterns for the company she founded in 1989, Canada Goose Designs, Joanne has now added digitized designs combining both quilting and embroidery for home embroidery machines to her company catalog.
Joanne’s career began in Canada 30 years ago, where she taught dressmaking, tailoring and Stretch and Sew for the Continuing Education Department of a local high school. After her family moved to the United States, Joanne joined a quilting guild in Vernon, CT.
When they moved to Pennsylvania, Joanne opened The Quilt Basket in Beaver Falls, that was in business for over twenty years. She is one of the founders and charter members of the Beaver Valley Quilt Guild. As a full-time traveling teacher for many years, she has made a lasting impression on hundreds of students, and trained numerous women to teach quilting. Her innovative methods are used to provide easy ways to accomplish the task without sacrificing accuracy.
She enjoys working with designs that have circular movement, such as the Mariner’s Compass and Double Wedding Ring. A machine quilter before machine quilting was acceptable, she has stimulated acceptance of machine techniques including appliqué. Currently, Joanne is doing appliqué, embroidery and quilting using the hoop method on an embroidery machine. You can visit her at www.canadagoosedesigns.com, which also provides lots of free tips and techniques for quilters.