Phyllis' classes and workshops are amazing. Her color and design suggestions, along with well-prepared instruction, are delivered with a good dose of humor. Some of the classes are challenging, some help you use up your stash. Either way, come prepared to sew, sew, sew and have lots of fun.
-- Jenny Miller
Phyllis K. Reeves is the former owner of Patchwork Plus, one of the largest quilt shops in Virginia. She was born and raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Virginia Tech, she taught Fashion Merchandising at James Madison University. After marrying her husband Ken, she briefly lived in Colorado and North Carolina where she taught in the local community colleges. She returned back to the Valley in the late eighties to raise her family. Her three daughters are the “light of her life.”
After all three daughters were in school, Phyllis started working part-time at the Clothesline teaching classes and working the floor. Six years later, she and her husband bought the store, changed the name to Patchwork Plus, and worked to make it one of the premium quilt shops on the East Coast.
During the fourteen years she owned the shop, Phyllis attended Bernina University every year, where she learned the most up-to-date techniques in machine embroidery, machine appliqué, and other quilting techniques. She also regularly attended Quilt Market, where she learned from national teachers in the quilting industry.
After selling the shop in 2014, Phyllis turned her attention to teaching. She has taught in quilt shops in Virginia, Maryland, and Kansas as well as quilt guilds across the state of Virginia. Her focus is on using scraps, string piecing, and using the Studio 180 rulers. She keeps her classes fun and light-hearted and especially enjoys poking fun at herself and the “mistakes” she has made in cutting or piecing.
Phyllis still lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and spends her spare time traveling to visit her daughters and grandchildren.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.