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Featured Artist Joanne Franklin

 L to R: Gallery View, "Along Came A Spider," Untitled (colored stars), Untitled (modern flying geese), Naked Trees
I am caught between two worlds. 
Most of my work has been very traditional and classic looking. 
I love a good Civil War quilt because they look and feel so comforting. 
But I recently joined the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild 
and found that I like the freedom of expression 
and the improvisational techniques that modern quilts require.


Welcome to the quilting world of Joanne Franklin, who hails from Douglassville, PA. Joanne learned to sew in 8th grade Home Economics. After she married, she made her own maternity clothes. But it wasn’t until she took an evening quilting class that she was “hooked on quilting.” So hooked that she was the only student in the class to finish her quilt top during the course! Soon she was making quilts for sale. 

Now she quilts primarily family gifts and for her own pleasure. Joanne loves being challenged by a new pattern or designer, and finds quilt-making the best way to express her creativity. 

Choosing fabrics and piecing the quilt top are the parts of the process that Joanne enjoys the most, although she also likes machine appliqué. Quilting on her home sewing machine, a Bernina 440, she uses a walking foot or free motion foot to finish her work herself. Occasionally Joanne rents time on a long arm machine in order to quilt an edge-to-edge computerized design. Joanne’s favorite fabric designers are Edyta Sitar, Kaffe Fassett, Riley Blake, and Tula Pink.

Joanne’s work has won several blue ribbons at the Oley Fair and other local quilt shows. 

In 2017 “Along Came A Spider” was one of twenty national finalists in the Moda Bella Solids Challenge. “Blue Oak Leaf” was in the Sapphire Exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Show in 2019, and is currently hanging at the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange,Texas, through September 2021.

Seamless is pleased to exhibit Joanne’s quilts during May. Be inspired!


The Seamless Gallery has dedicated space in our Phoenixville, PA shop, but quilts and projects are on exhibit throughout the store. We display quilts, crafts and projects by local makers, who are welcome to respond to Seamless's monthly call for work.
If you are interested in displaying your work in our gallery, contact us at If you appreciate handwork and crafts, stop by the gallery and be inspired!