Duluth Folk School Instructor Helen Smith Stone

Helen Smith Stone


My first experience with needle and thread was at the age of eight, when my mother taught me how to hand-embroider. Later, I became interested in sewing with a sewing machine and my journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics and 4-H classes propelled me forward into sewing my own clothing; but, when I saw my grandmother’s collection of quilts, I was smitten! I knew that’s what I really wanted to learn how to create. Many years later, I took a class and made my first quilt – a baby quilt for my son. From there, quiltmaking became my passion and my art form. I have been making quilts for over 40 years and have made more than 45 quilts.

I am and have always been a “maker”. As an educator and an artist who works with fabric and thread, I find great joy in helping others learn new things. With that in mind, I created and presented three big quilt show conferences at the DECC – in 2002, 2004, and 2006…Quilting on the Waterfront. Later, I presented several smaller quilt shows at the Inn on Lake Superior Conference Center. My goals with those shows was to educate, inspire, and promote quiltmaking as another form of art. I am still working on those same goals.



Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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