Copyright Susan Balch. All Rights Reserved.

Susan Damone Balch

Accomplished quilter, teacher, fabric collector,

and fly fishing instructor

MY love of the needle arts began when I was five years old, playing at my mother's sewing machine.

As a young adult I discovered the arts of quilting and fly fishing. I knew I had found my BLISS!

Geometric designs that use many different fabrics have intrigued me ever since I started quilting. I find great joy in the endless possibilities and challenges of piecing intricate designs. A desire to incorporate images from fly fishing and nature into my artwork led me to creating stylized pieced pictorials using smooth curved lines. Choosing fabrics from my extensive collection is my favorite part of the process. Although I generally prefer to use  methods that are slow and meticulous, I have embraced a complementary style of working where I choose the fabrics first, and let the design develop intuitively.  The piece is not complete until movement and texture are added through the quilting stitches.  The piecing and quilting are done on my beloved old Bernina sewing machine. I am also an avid vegetable gardener and delight in playing music with my husband and friends.

Selected Exhibits and Awards

A Graceful Rise:Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (2011-12)
American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, VT

"Fibrations" Exhibit (2015)

Invitational Exhibit showcasing the work of New England Fiber Artists

The Great Hall in Springfield, VT

Vermont Quilt Festival Invitational Exhibit (2013)

Lobby Lights: The Quilts of Susan Damone Balch

Retrospective of my work from 1998-2013

Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey, Middlebury, VT (2012)

Featured Artist

Contemporary Vermont Quilters Invitational Exhibit (2007)

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Vermont Quilt Festival

Governor's Award (1995 & 1989)

Exceptional Merit (1995)

,Judge's Choice (1993)

Teacher's Exhibit (1995 - 1997)

Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock Vermont
Juror's Choice  - 2010, 2011, 2014

People's Choice  - 2011, 2014

Curator's Choice Award - 2011

Maple Leaf Festival of Quilts, Rutland, VT

People's Choice Award (2010)

International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX - Juried Show

Award of Merit (1994)

Quilters Gathering

Honorable Mention Machine Quilting (1995)

First Place Excellence in Quilting (1993)

Second Place Excellence in Quilting (1990)

Excellence in Quilting (1989)

Quilting in the Tetons - First Place (1995)

The Great Outdoors: Quilts Celebrating Nature, Morgan Outdoors, Livingston Manor, NY (2008 -2013)

The Best Little Quilt Show, Jamaica, Vt (2009, 2012, 2013)