Quilt by Shelly Burge
Plank Toy Sewing Machine
Shelly Burge Toy Sewing Machine

Shelly Burge
  Award Winning Quiltmaker      Quilt Instructor and Lecturer     Judge     Sewing Machine Collector
Welcome to my web site, I hope you enjoy seeing some of the quilts I've created and a few of the sewing machines in my collection.

My Grandmother taught me to sew on a hand crank toy sewing machine when I was four years old; so from an early age I have loved working with fabrics and expressing my creativity with needle and thread.

I have been making quilts for over 40 years and teaching quilting since 1984. When I first started presenting workshops my hope was that it would just get me out of the house once in a while; I never could have imagined how far quilting would actually take me.  It has given me the opportunity to travel all across the United States and to make several trips to Europe. These travels have allowed me to meet wonderful people, see inspiring quilts and of course......buy more fabric.

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There is currently a display featuring thirty-one vintage toy sewing machines from my collection at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln. The machines are shown chronologically in four large glass cases.  The earliest toy dates from the 1890's while the latest model was made in the 1990's.

The toy sewing machines will be available through September 18, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail to see a larger view of the photo.  

The Quilt Show created a link to the display of my toy sewing 
machines at the IQSC&M.  Click here to see the photos.

Exciting news: The Quilt House has asked me to prepare a second
group of toy sewing machines to display from September 30, 2014 to September 28, 2015.  This new display will include toys made in Brazil, Italy, Argentina, England, Germany, France, China, and the U.S.A.

I am very happy to announce that I am now a National Quilting Association Certified Judge (NQACJ).  I am honored to have reached this milestone and to join such a dedicated and talented group.

     For more information please go to the my 
     Judging Information page.
 I was thrilled to be interviewed for an episode of The Quilt Show.  They came to my home to tape the segment that includes pictures of my quilting studio and toy sewing machine collection.  The show with my interview and demonstration is #1410 and it is now available for viewing.
If you are a member just click on this link: The Quilt Show, to find the episode.  My interview starts around the 35:10 mark.
The Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) is now holding their online fundraising auction.  The quilt that I donated, COPPER SEEDS will be available for purchase in the first group of quilts so please check it out here.  UPDATE: my quilt has sold but there are many other great quilts so please check them out.

Other members of the Nebraska chapter of SAQA also donated quilts this year so you can look for quilts by Dianne Thomas, Peg Pennell, Cindy Levis, Dori Settles, Rhonda Baldwin and many others.