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Quilt Beginnings

The first quilter I knew was my grandmother.  She and my grandfather had lake cottages in Northern Wisconsin.  The antique brass and  wooden beds were covered with my grandmother’s quilts.   I spent every summer there swimming and fishing in the lake, warming by a fire, eating my grandmother’s wonderful German food, and snuggling down under those quilts.Their property was named “Timber Haven”   That’s why I have chosen the name “Quilt Haven Threads” for my blog.

Grandmother’s Basket Quilt

 

Wedding Ring Quilt given to my mother

 

My Baby Quilt

When I got married I thought I needed to make a quilt for our queen-sized waterbed.  I bought a kit, signed up for a “beginning” quilting class and proceeded to make a queen-sized, Dresden plate quilt, hand quilted of course.  After that I settled down to making a few baby quilts.

In 2002 after moving to Tallahassee, I took a few quilting classes and I was hooked.  Quilting since then has become a passion.

I love traditional quilts, but enjoy the modern twist of using Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mobley, and Amy Butler fabrics as well.  Hand quilting turned into machine quilting and in 2012 I bought a Prodigy longarm quilting machine.  Now I quilt the way I feel best suits my quilt.

I’ve been teaching quilting clasees in Tallahassee at +The Bernina Connection since 2004.  I teach Beginning Quilting, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Paper Piecing and my new love quilts using +Studio 180 Design tools.

In August of this year (2013) I became a Certified Studio 180 Design instructor.  I am trained to teach all the Fundamental and Rapid Fire tools.  These tools by Deb Tucker are a tremendous help to improve your quilting skills.

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