2008 - Things have
changed this last year. I am currently pattern editor for
Quilter magazine. Very interesting to see how the publication
business works. I've had a couple of patterns in the magazine
which led to the job. Keeps me very busy so I don't do as much
longarm quilting for others as I used to.
2007 - Although I had been
making my own clothes for many years, I made my first
quilt in 1969. I decided that I needed to take a quilt with
me to college - no instructions, class. There it is---------->
After I completed
my degree in the very practical field of Anthropology I worked for
a while as a parts person before going back to school in Data
Processing. I continued to make quilts part time as I went on to
work for 22 years in Information Technology, the last 12 at NIKE
in Beaverton Oregon. I also played volleyball, basketball and
In 1999 I left my
computer manager job and became a professional quilter. It
actually was quite by accident. My friend Julie opened a quilt
shop and convinced me that I should teach for her, which I did.
One day I took home some fabric from a series of bolts that wasn't
selling very well and designed a quilt to use the fabric. As a
joke I worked it up into a pattern, put it in a plastic bag and
took it back to Julie. She sold a bunch of the patterns and
that started my career as a quilt pattern designer.
A couple of years
later as I was struggling to get my pattern and class sample
quilts quilted I popped a video from Gammill into the VCR.
My husband sat down to watch the show with me. When it was
over he said "You should get one of those." I said "OK" so I
bought a Classic and started a side business of quilting for
others. I don't do many customer quilts anymore but I do
still teach some of my longarm techniques, including how to design
your own interlocking, free-motion like pantographs..
I like to work with
new techniques, or improve on the old. I'm not a patient person so
I need to find better ways to do most things. In fall 2006
my first (and perhaps only) book was published,
Paper-Piecing - no sewing through the paper so no paper to
tear out and reuse the copy paper pattern; great technique for
positioning the fabric patch accurately the first time; how to
Now (2007) I am
working on a series of machine appliqué designs based on my
original continuous line machine quilting designs. I call them
Continuous Line Machine Applique. Who knows what will come next!
Hope you enjoy
looking through my patterns, gallery and tips. Marje -