Jerry Granata has had a love of art since he was a child and it has taken him in many directions. He served 21 years in the Armed Forces of the United States as a U.S. Navy musician serving in such places as Naples, Italy; Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C; and Chicago, Illinois. His musical journey has given him the opportunity to perform as a pit musician in many theatres on Broadway in New York. He has also performed for several U.S. Presidents and Heads of State at the White House, as well as many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Brook Shields, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Styx, and many others.
His interest in the fine arts led him to studies in drawing, design, and oil painting. He has explored and enjoyed all sewing techniques including garment construction, costumes, embellishing, heirloom sewing, hand and machine embroidery, quilt piecing, appliqué, and free-motion quilting. He has also appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and Fons & Porters Love of Quilting. Jerry brings a passion for quilting, sewing, and teaching, with a dash of humor, to all levels from beginner to advanced. His diverse background can be found woven in his local, regional, national, and international award winning quilts.
My love for embroidery started when the PE100 was introduced. I started with embroidery just for fun and it has expanded to a passion. I have worked at multiline dealerships for over ten years. I sold Brother Machines and I really enjoyed helping the consumer to use their machine to the fullest. Working for Brother has given me to opportunity to meet other people with the same passion across the country.