Welcome to my website.  When my husband and I built our house on Hilton Head Island 20 years ago, I joined the local quilt guild and became addicted to quilting.  

After many years of perfecting my techniques, I have been fortunate to have won many awards.  
My appliqué quilts have won awards at the NQA show in Columbus, Ohio, AQS in Paducah, Kentucky, and have been juried into the IQA show in Houston, Texas.

My quilts have been published in magazines and books, and have been exhibited at the Texas Quilt Museum, as shown on the right.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my gallery of quilts and reading about my workshops and lectures.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

About Me

I grew up in New York City, and while in High School I taught myself how to sew.  I learned how to make my own clothes and eventually attended Parsons School of Design in New York in order to perfect my skills.  Eventually, I began working for myself, designing and making evening wear for private clients.

After my children went off to college, my husband and I moved to Hilton Head Island to build our house and live near the beach.  After joining the Palmetto Quilt Guild, the local quilt guild, on Hilton Head Island, my love of sewing turned toward quilting. I have been addicted to quilting ever since.

Six years ago, I was invited to teach a “Couture Design Techniques” class at Parsons School.  This was a great opportunity to share my knowledge with students from all over the world,  I spent those years commuting between Hilton Head Island and New York City.  I still remain on the Parsons faculty.


Here are some of my applique quilts:

Here are some of my pieced quilts:


I have conducted the following lectures and workshops.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss my presenting this to your quilting group.

Tips and Tools to Make an Award Winning Appliqué Quilt


1 hour – I will cover all the tips and techniques that I have perfected over the years to help you create an award winning quilt. I will  bring all the tools I use and explain how and when to use them.

1  1/2 – I will share my journey from beginning quilter to award winning quilter bringing a variety of quilts.  This will include not only appliqué quilts but also my pieced work. It will also include my tips and techniques that have helped me win perfect my quilts.

1-Day Workshop:

6 hours – I will teach techniques for perfecting your appliqué skills.  The workshop will focus on creating a block from my award winning quilt Red and Green Revisited, shown on the left.  My preferred method of appliqué uses a double freezer paper method.





2-Day Workshop:

12 hours – I will teach techniques for perfecting your appliqué skills.  The workshop will focus on creating a block from my award winning quilt My Baltimore Journey, shown on the left.  This class will cover reverse applique, freezer paper applique, off block applique, and embroidery.


Contact Me

If you would like to talk with me about scheduling a lecture or workshop with your quilt group, please fill in and send the form below, or else you may email me directly at darlenevdonohue@gmail.com.  Thank you.  Darlene