BS     The University of Georgia, Fashion Merchandising                                          

Professional Experience

Patty Murphy Handmade, Atlanta, GA, 2003 – Present                                               
Designs and makes modern traditional quilts
Designs and makes commissioned quilts
Writes patterns, blog posts and manages social media
Author of Piecing Makeover
Author of Perfect Piecing Pocket Guide

Create and Sustain, Atlanta, GA, 2019 – Present                                                        
Executive Director
Worked with two co-founders to develop concept for non-profit
Oversaw successful launch
Working to create positive change in the quilting industry by encouraging more sustainable business practices

Juried Shows

2022 Therapy and Metamorphosis, Georgia Celebrates Quilts, Marietta, GA
Best Of Show
2018        The Bride Wore Pink, AQS Quilt Week, Paducah, KY
2017        The Bride Wore Pink, Georgia Celebrates Quilts, Marietta, GA
2009        Trip the Light Fantastic, Georgia Celebrates Quilts, Marietta, GA 3rd place
2007        Intown Quilters Group Quilt, Georgia Celebrates Quilts, Marietta, GA              
Honorable Mention

Judged Shows

2006        Yes, Ma’am, Damn!, Georgia National Fair, Perry, GA, 3 ribbons:
1st place overall
1st place Machine Piecing
1st place Machine Quilting (Regina Carter)
Firecracker, Georgia National Fair, Perry, GA 1st place
2005        Ode to Insanity, Georgia National Fair, Perry, GA 1st place          
2003        Trip Around the World, My Way, Georgia National Fair, 2nd place

Teaching Experience

Intown Quilters, Decatur, GA, August 2004 – September 2015                                  

  • Piecing Proficiency
  • Paper Piecing
  • Project Based Classes
  • Value and Design


2024 New book releasing Fall 2024, C&T Publishing
2022 Perfect Piecing Pocket Guide, C&T Publishing
2016         Piecing Makeover, C&T Publishing

Interviews, Media, and TV

2022 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, April 2022, Issue 175 for Create and Sustain
Suzy Quilts Interview, February 2022 for Create and Sustain
Quilt Alliance, September 2022, Quilters Take a Moment, Sustainability Stories,
for Create and Sustain
2021 American Patchwork and Quilting for Create and Sustain, April 2022,
2020        Modern Quilt Journal Articles for Create and Sustain, April and July
2018 Create Whimsy
2017        Featured on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms, August
Propeller Quilt, Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts Magazine
                Down Under Quilts Magazine Book Review
Machine Quilting Unlimited Book Review                 
Make Modern Magazine Book Review
                American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Book Review
                Quilters Companion Magazine Book Review
2016        Library Journal Book Review
                A Needle Pulling Thread Book Review

2014 Handprint Christmas Tree Skirt project featured on Michael Miller‘s blog
2012       Featured in Trip Around the World: A Country Quilt Block Travelogue by                               
               Holly Anderson and Anita Zaleski Weinraub
2007      All Squared Up, Better Homes & Gardens Quilt Sampler Magazine (cover)
2006       Bohemian Purse Girl, Quick Quilts Magazine

Presentations and Invited Lectures

2024 Chattahoochee Evening Stars, September

2023 Ottowa Valley Guild Guild, January
Friendship Guild Lecture, February
Cotton Patch Quilt Guild, July
Southern Charm Quilting, Lecture and workshop, September

2022 Virginia Consortium of Quilters, April
Blue Barn Quilt Guild Lecture, July
Piecing Palooza, August
Quilt Alliance, Quilters Take A Moment Oral History Interview.
Sustainability Stories
Jennifer Sampou featured artist with Patty Murphy interviewing,
September 2022 for Create and Sustain

2020 Retreat From Home, September

2021         University of California, Berkeley, The Politics of What We Wear with
Dr. Jennifer Bussell for Create and Sustain

2019        Azalea City Quilters Guild
                 Grayson Quilt Guild
                 Friendship Quilt Guild
                 Chamblee Star Quilt Guild
                 West Georgia Quilt Guild
                 Early Bird Quilt Guild

2018        Gwinnett County Quilt Guild
                 Pine Needle Quilt Guild

2017         AQS Daytona Lecture

Professional Affiliations

Intown Quilt Guild
East Cobb Quilters’ Guild

Community Service

Hightower Trail Middle School PTA, Marietta, GA
President 2018 – 2020

Tritt Elementary PTA, Marietta, GA
President 2016 – 2017
Vice President 2015- 2016
Red Ribbon Committee Chair 2015

Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community, Decatur, Georgia
Auction co-Chair, 2013
Secretary 2008- 2012