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Meri Henriques Vahl

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Meri Henriques Vahl lives in the Santa Cruz, California, area with her family and two rowdy felines. Descended from many generations of artists, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Fine Art, which she quickly realized would not put a paycheck in her hand or food in her stomach! Although both of her parents, who were school teachers, encouraged her to get a teaching degree based on the theory that teachers can always find a job, Meri swore that she would never teach anyone anything!

Always inspired by her awesome students and the amazing work of her fellow art quilters, Meri has made a number of award-winning quilts, including three that won the Mancuso Brothers’ Best Quilts of the World Fest in 2009, 2011, and 2015! She encourages her students, whether advanced or beginner, to enjoy the process of making art as they allow themselves to let go of their preconceived notions of how quilts “have to be made” and play with the fabric.

You can see more of Meri’s work on her website,, and you can find her memoir, Hoosier Hysteria: A Fateful Year in the Crosshairs of Race in America, about her freshman year of college at Indiana University in 1963, in local bookstores and on Amazon.

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