About Sonic Stitches

Laura McDowell Hopper is a quilter whose work has shown at QuiltCon, the International Quilt Festival, the American Quilter's Society, and local shows. She has published in quilt magazines, been a guest on quilt podcasts, and teaches at guilds, shops, and shows. Laura is a BERNINA Ambassador, an Aurifil Artisan, and a board member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.

Laura is also a museum curator specializing in textile preservation. She has worked in museums across the Midwest for 12 years, earning a bachelor's degree in history and museum studies, a master's in public history, and a certificate in textile preservation. She works as the Curator of the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University where she oversees the care and exhibit of a 20,000-piece collection, with a special focus on textiles. 

In her free time, Laura enjoys studying quilt history, listening to music and podcasts, and finding the perfect Simpsons quote for all occassions. 

All photos by Mitch Hopper. 

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I'd love to meet you! To inquire about workshops, availability, and rates for your guild or shop, please feel out the form below. If you'd like to collaborate on a project, tell me about it in your message. I will respond as soon as possible. 

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

February 2018: Quilt Preservation 101 and Quilts & Human Rights, lecture for QuiltCon in Pasadena, California

October 3, 2017: Quilt Preservation 101, lecture for Sarah's Grove Quilters Circle in Schaumburg, Illinois

June 17, 2017: Quilts & Human Rights Exhibit Preview, lecture at Quilter's Trunk in Chicago, Illinois

April 23, 2017: Preserving Quilts in Your Home, lecture for the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
April 1, 2017:    Preserving Quilts in Your Home, lecture at Quilt Addicts Anonymous in Rock Island, Illinois

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