Beverly Maxvill is a self-taught artist, who began drawing and sewing at the age of five, polishing her skills by copying Katie Keene comics and sewing for her Barbie dolls. During high school, she started making her own clothes, even though she never took any sewing classes in school. Beverly discovered early on that she was mathematically apt and that she could follow instructions very well and learned techniques from books as well. Therefore she went on to teach herself crochet, knitting, tatting and other various types of embroidery. Upon graduating from high school Beverly took a retail job and began attending community college where she received a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Accounting. She was three credits shy of a Commercial Art Degree.
After college and working in the retail industry, Beverly thought art would only be a hobby, but she was wrong!
She began designing for quilts and writing books for the industry. Beverly’s first quilt sighting was in a college art class of an Amish quilt in an interior design magazine. She had never seen a quilt before and she knew it was going to be trouble. It brought together everything she loved, fabrics, colors, geometry and sewing. Hence in 1979 Beverly began sewing and selling finished quilts through design studios, which ultimately led to opening The Quilters Patch in 1981, later on she would also begin to document her designs. Furthermore, Beverly went on to write books, she co-authored “Victorian Patchwork & Quilting” through Meredith Books in 1992—it is out of print but available through Amazon.com. She then wrote a Block of the Month called “Victorian Crazy Blocks” which was featured in the Keepsake Quilting Catalog for two years and is now available in The Quilters Patch with Quilters Warehouse. Her current book is “A Year of Paper Piecing” with Martingale & Co.
In 2009 Beverly wanted to focus more on her art work, therefore she moved herself and her store from the east coast of Michigan to the west coast, landing in farm country across the street from a beautiful orchard. Her
art is now number one and she looks forward to the new challenges it will bring. She is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Benartex and to see her designs in fabric.