Knowledgeable and Professional
Let's journey to make your visions materialize! Our mission at Gypsy Dreamer Quilts is to provide you with superior quality design, construction, and custom quilting to turn your quilt into a one-of-a-kind family heirloom.
Liz, owner, designer, teacher, and imagineer, is an accomplished seamstress with over 50 years experience. She joined the quilting world in 2006, at once creating unique quilts of her own design. Liz works diligently to combine quilt design, color, and custom quilting to turn your visions into reality.
Designer, Teacher, Imagineer.
Liz Granberg-Jerome, the owner of Gypsy Dreamer Quilts, was born and raised in California's San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Kansas in 1983 to raise her children in the slower paced Midwest, and after more than 30 years fully considers herself a Kansan.
Liz started sewing at age 9 when her auntie taught her to make stuffed animals on the same Singer 301A that she uses for most of her quilt piecing today. Her sewing experience spans more than 50 years and includes many years making clothing for herself and her family, as well as custom orders. Her knack for combining elements from different patterns to create one-of-a-kind designs assures that every item is unique.
Liz started quilting in 2006 while caring for her elderly father and quickly made the transition from a lifetime of sewing to becoming passionate about quilting. Her quilts have a flavor all their own as she creates unique layouts and color play for one-of-a-kind quilts. She considers herself a prolific quilter as she has already made well over 100 quilts! Liz has entered numerous quilts over the years in the Lyon County, Douglas County, and Kansas State Fairs, as well as the Contra Costa County Fair in California, taking numerous ribbons including many blues and Grand Champions. A recent collaboration, pieced by her friend JoAnn and custom quilted by Liz, won the Guild Showcase First Place blue ribbon for Best Machine Applique Quilted Large Quilt at the 2017 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. Taking the plunge into larger quilt shows, Liz has had several quilts juried into the MQX Quilt Festival when it was held in Springfield, Illinois.
Liz learned to free motion quilt on her sewing machine where she spent six years quilting everything from mug-rugs to queen size quilts. In 2012 she upgraded to a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 sit-down midarm quilting machine. Liz offers beginning and intermediate free motion quilting classes on domestic sewing machines and sit-down quilters.
After making Garden Rendezvous Reimagined, a commercial sample made for Paintbrush Studio in 2016, Liz wrote a hexified panel quilt pattern of the same name. In 2019, Liz updated that pattern to include more detail on making hexified panel quilts with any size panel. Both paper and PDF/digital versions are available for purchase, as well as her 5.5" 60 degree triangle ruler GDQ-60R on the Gypsy Dreamer Quilts Etsy Shop. The kits to make wall-hanging size hexified panel quilts that Liz usually sells at her trunk shows and workshops are also now listed on the GDQ Etsy Shop. Having a pattern launched her into teaching other quilters how to make hexified panel quilts at regional quilt shops and in workshops for guilds. Liz is a guest artist with Timeless Treasures Fabrics for whom she has made several samples, two of which have hung at Quilt Market events.
Several of Liz's hexified panel quilts have been published in two of Maxine Rosenthal's books on One Block Wonders. Wanderlust: Paris in Spring and Poppy Explosion were both included in One Block Wonders of the World (C&T Publishing 2017). Rosenthal's newest book, One Block Wonder Panel Quilts, due out in March 2021, includes five of Liz's quilts--Garden Rendezvous Reimagined, Roosters, Poppy Explosion, Tuscan Poppies, and Dancing in the Moonlight.
Liz teaches a variety of classes at Quilters' Paradise in Baldwin City, Kansas, as well as her Hexified Panel Quilt workshops at shops in Leavenworth and Overbrook, Kansas. Her teaching has taken her as far as California to teach her Hexified Panel Quilt workshop, as well as across Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She looks forward to taking her quilts on the road beyond the Heartland region of the Midwest. She is a member of the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild, Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, Emporia Regional Quilt Guild, and the Mo-Kan Machine Quilters Guild. She enjoys working on quilt projects with her husband, Leslie, a fellow quilter, and going to quilt retreats with friends. Away from quilting, Liz and Les enjoy listening to an eclectic array of music, traveling, and spending time with their grandchildren.