about bobbie

Bobbie Sullivan Click image to view.

Born in Leominster Massachusetts, Bobbie Sullivan went to Regis College located in Weston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1973 with an Art degree. In 1976, shortly after moving to Duxbury, she became interested in quilting after meeting a number of women who had worked on the town's bicentennial quilt. When she joined the Cranberry Quilters Guild in Carver, she met Kathleen Weinheimer, who was a contemporary and prize winning quilt maker. Bobbie became a student of Kathleen's in 1990 and helped start "Quilts for Life" a quilt show that raised money for local charities.

Concentrating on the quilt as an art form, Bobbie's style changed. Quilts became a vehicle to tell a story, or express an emotion. She has won numerous ribbons in the Vermont Quilt Festival, New England Images Quilt Show and most recently in the 2003 Eastcoast Alliance's "The Gathering." In 1997 she won 1st place in the Amateur Wall quilt category at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky with the quilt titled The Letters. In February 1998 she won Best Interpretation of the Theme," Lifelines" in the Mid Atlantic Quilt show in Williamsburg, Virginia, also with The Letters. At the South Shore Art Center's 1998 Festival on the Common, The Letters won Best of Show. In 2000, her quilt entitled In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety -Two, was a finalist in the Houston Quilt Festival's Millennium Quilt contest and subsequently traveled to international shows.

In February of 1996 Bobbie was asked to design and make five quilts and an altar cloth for the chapel at Regis College. This project was finished in March of 1997 and hangs permanently in the chapel. An article about these quilts appeared in the Winter 1998 Issue of American Quilter Magazine. In December 1996 and again in 2004, the Carney Gallery at Regis College showcased her quilts in a retrospective show entitled "Fabric in Motion".

At present Bobbie lives in Scituate, MA where she continues to meet regularly with her quilting friends as they carry on the tradition of the late Kathleen Weinheimer. She also lectures with an extensive trunk show, gives workshops and teaches. In 2004, these quilters formed Coastal Quilt Artists and frequently exhibit at local galleries and national shows as a group. Bobbie may be contacted at bobbie382@comcast.net.