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May - Sewing & Quilting Instructor - Tuckahoe, Upper, NJ 08270, USA

Merry May

Tuckahoe, Upper, NJ 08270, USA


Sewing & Quilting Instructor


I have been teaching quilt making since 1988, and have taught one-on-one sewing lessons at Dollard Baker since 2009. My quilt classes have taken me from northeastern New Hampshire to Key Largo, Florida, and many places in between, including several times at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I love teaching quilting and sewing, especially to beginners. Their enthusiasm and excitement at being able to make things from scratch is so rewarding! I make a point of taking photos of my students with their projects, and their faces just say it all - they are SO excited and proud of their projects.

Work History

Sewing Educator

Dollard Baker Sew & Vac

From August 2012


Double Trouble Studios

November 2007 - November 2007

Double Trouble Studios is a partnership between Merry May of Tuckahoe, NJ and Lorraine Fenstermacher of Pleasant Mount, PA. We run biannual quilting retreats that we call "BBQ*s" (Bed, Breakfast & Quilt) on the beach in Wildwood, NJ.

Co-conspirator with Lorraine Fenstermacher

BBQ* Weekends

January 2005 - January 2005

Double Trouble Studios is a collaboration of two friends who have been quilting, teaching and laughing together (and at each other!) for a number of years. Why not join the fun as we get together for our BBQ Weekends (BBQ = Bed, Breakfast & Quilt)? Please contact us for more information.

Past President

State Quilt Guild of NJ

January 2005 - January 2007

Freelance Instructor

Brother International

January 2003 - January 2003


Vermont Quilt Festival

January 2002 - January 2008

Sales clerk, Assistant Buyer

Calico n' Cotton

January 1999 - April 2010

Advisory Board member

Down Jersey Folklife Center

January 1998 - January 1998

former Board Member


January 1998 - January 1999



January 1996 - January 1996


Alaska Cruise w/Doreen

January 1993 - January 1993


American Quilters Society

January 1990 - January 1990


American Quilt Study Group

January 1990 - January 1990

Long-time member of this group that promotes original research on quilts and textiles.


Quilt Professionals' Network

January 1989 - January 1989

Recently wrote the guide book to organizing the annual Retreats for QPN. Previously held numerous offices, and helped establish the annual retreats.


Schoolhouse Enterprises

March 1988 - March 1988

I'm the proverbial one-armed paper hanger. I do everything from designing projects to write up as classes and/or patterns, to writing articles for magazines, to doing commission work (specializing in memory quilts), R&D department, Ad department, CEO, CFO, and I-Dunno, all in one. I also own a number of new and antique quilts that are available for rent - could be used for staging an Open House, a play, or whatever. Contact me, and let's talk!


South Shore Stitchers

January 1985 - January 1985

Am a Charter member of the group, and have held various official titles through the years. Have chaired or co-chaired three quilt shows.

Professional Quilter


Happy Students!

Here are photos of some of my happy students after taking a private lesson with me at Dollard Baker Sew & Vac in Marmora, NJ. They are SO excited!!

Qualifications & Certifications

University of Delaware

Ocean City High School

Art (Graduated with Associate's Degree)

Southwestern College

Graphic Design (did not graduate)

University of Delaware

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