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About Sally Terry


"I have been sewing since the age of 3, as soon as my grandmother could show me how to hold a sewing needle. At age 8 was making bound buttonholes on my blue wool coat using Grandma's Feather Weight which I still use today."

"She loves teaching and it shows", Gail Pape FL


Sally's classes are full of excitement and confidence. Sally has a gift of making the most detailed patterns simple by breaking down each step and demonstrating in such a way that you will be able to grasp it the first time. With the heart of a teacher her high energy personable style makes the learning easy and fun. She loves teaching and it shows in the results of students doing what they never thought possible. As one student said, "I did not get it before I came to class, now I know I can do this!"

Sally's unique perspective is that "she feels you do not have to copy her exactly to be productive and truly successful". Which, after experiencing one of Sally’s classes, every class after that the student takes is so much more meaningful, no matter who the instructor.

Her Techniques have become Standard for Machine Quilters.

Sally is the author of 5 books including 3 Published by AQS (American Quilter's Society) including the No. 1 Book of the Year, Hooked on Feathers and transformed the art of feathering for beginners and pros alike. Both Pathways to Better Quilting considered a must by Midwest Book Review and Pathways From Quilt Top To Quilted include Sally's concepts and patterns that have become  Standard in the Machine Quilting Industry.

Sally is honored as the IMQA International Machine Quilter's Association Teacher of the Year for both Stand-up and Sit-down Machine Quilting. Her original clever and ingenious techniques cross over and created for both Machine Quilting Machine Styles.

She has appeared on several episodes of Quilt Central and AQS Quilt Savvy TV.

Sally has been teaching since 2001 and has over 39 different courses available. Here work has been published in American Patchwork and Quilting, Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Book Series Quilt Makers Favorites, On Track Magazine and American Quilter.

Sally has attended and instructed at over 200 National Quilt Shows. She has been an instructor on the faculty at the Janome Academy, SDVD, APQS Representative and Trainer, AQS Shows in Paducah, Lancaster, Grand Rapids, Des Moines. Road to California, Maine Quilts, Vermont Quilt Festival, HMQS Home Machine Quilters Show Salt Lake, UT; Innovations Quilt Show Tacoma, WA; MQX Machine Quilter's Expo Providence, RI; Portland, OR; Manchester NH; MQS 20 times including Wichita, KS; Springfield, IL; Overland Park, KS; Quilt Central and Quilt Central TV, Paducah, KY; Quilting on the Waterfront, Duluth, MN; School House, Houston Quilt Market; Spring Quilt Market; NW Pacific Quilt Show; National Quilt Museum, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Indianapolis Quilt Show, Badlands Quilters Retreat, Canadian Quilt Show Kitchner, ON, CA; plus Quilt Shops, Guilds and Retreats, plus local Jacksonville Florida quilt shops and guilds.

She has also judged many quilt shows including AQS Des Moines, Lancaster, and Grand Rapids. Her work on customer's quilts and her own quilts have received Blue Ribbons at National Quilt Shows.

For 10 years Sally had a shop in Paducah, KY and for 3 years her shop was located in downtown Paducah right across from the National Quilt Museum. She has over 100 how-to video classes available online at and as well as YouTube.

Sally's products are Copyrighted and Registered under the name of Sally Terry LLC Brand Products, Sally Terry Designs, and Terry Twist.

The Terry Twist® design concept helps quilters incorporate control with minimum marking creating true free-motion freedom. With hundreds of published quilting patterns, stencils, templates Sally is continuing to bring the freshest designs and free-motion quilting practices to her students.

Like many of you I've been sewing since my grandmother taught me how to hold a sewing needle at the age of three. Fabric has always been a part of my life, along with love of pattern and design.​


There are usually 6 quilts in the works at a time. I machine quilt and assemble custom tops for customers too. I don't believe in teaching others, if you can't experience what others are experiencing as well.

As recipient of IMQA Teacher of the Year, it's my honor to share, teach, create and inspire other Machine Quilters, in workshops, retreats, videos and books, whether you use a sit-down Domestic Machine or stand-up Long Arm. All techniques and machine quilting tips are created for both. Plus I love teaching piecing classes and how to work with pattern, color and design and include the machine quilting layout designs too.

You have heard me say since 2000..."You can do this. You have the talent and the ability inside you. It is my life's work to show through classes and books where to find it within yourself." 


When Sally is not quilting she enjoys going to the beach and shelling, relaxing with a great book and working her way through some very challenging cookbooks.

Yours in the love of Quilting, Quilt Happy, Sally :)

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Internationally Recognized AQS Author, Quilter, Quilting and Machine Quilting Instructor, Pattern Designer, Innovator, Blue Ribbon Custom Machine Quilter

AQS Author with No. 1 Book the year published - HOOKED ON FEATHERS

The Quilter's Hand Studio since 1999

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Color Class and Presentation Talk

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Judge's Choice Award

with Terry Twist ruler work,
Jacksonville Quilt Show

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