Before I took my first quilting class I had known for years that I was going to be a quilter. I grew up sewing, loving fabrics and textiles and I was just waiting for the right time, room, space and a little extra money (i.e. "the empty nest") to begin my journey. From the first hour of my first quilt class (July 8, 1999 at 8:00 AM), I knew it was the beginning of a new life. I immediately became passionate about the craft and for the last 17 years I've rarely not had a quilt in progress. Owning a quilt shop has been a joy and a challenge. I have never loved anything as much as I love this job. And having the quilt gallery, being able to share the work of so many quilters has been a joy beyond words.
I took my first sewing class at the age of 8 or 9 in downtown Portland. After modeling our finished project in a fashion show, I was hooked and continued to make many of my own clothes through junior high. Later I moved on to home decor and repurposed many items to decorate my home. Quilting was something I had always admired and aspired to learn. When moving to Bend in 1998 the opportunity presented itself and I took my first class at the Country Mercantile and caught the quilting bug. It has been such a rewarding experience and I have made many new friends. I enjoy sharing my knowledge as well as learning new things and gaining inspiration from the quilting community in Central Oregon.
In 1976, to celebrate the bicentennial, The Museum of American Folk Art and Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored the Great Quilt Contest. A winner was chosen from each state and the 50 winning quilts went on a traveling exhibit for the next several years. I was in college in Maine when they came to the art museum. I remember standing in front of them and thinking "I need to learn how to do this." That was the beginning...
Although my participation and production has ebbed and flowed over the years due to life, family, and work, I've never lost my appreciation of quilts. I recently left Vermont to move to Bend. Being close to my new grandson is the reason, but working at Quiltworks has been the surprise reward.
My friends encouraged me to try quilting in 2005. I resisted until I saw the beautiful colors and patterns that were possible. I took my first class, a table runner, and I was hooked and have amassed a large amount of stash and ideas to work on. Probably more than I can handle in this life. I also love the friendships quilting brings in. I belong to the Bend Quilters group. I moved to Bend in 2013 and love the area. Our natural environment inspires my creativity.
My quilting journey started in the late 1980's when I went to a quilt store to purchase some embroidery floss to finish a counted cross stitch project and instantly fell in love with fabric. There were no quilts in my home or family growing up and I was determined not to have my children or now my grandchildren suffer the same fate. I enjoy all forms of quilting including hand applique and working with wool. I have completed a Baltimore Album quilt which I gave to my daughter and son in law when they bought their first home, it has a "book" on it that I have added their marriage date and children's names as they came. My husband and I travel a lot of miles on our Yamaha Roadstar motorcycle and he is very supportive in my fabric addiction and will plan our stops around quilt shops ~ he is a keeper!! Working at Quilt Works is my dream retirement job.
Marilyn and Dave wish to express our gratitude and thanks for all of the work done by dozens of volunteers prior to opening the shop on June 1st, 2010. There were several work parties of fat quarter cutting and folding (more than 8,000 of 'em!) on successive Saturdays and several volunteers who completed sample quilts for the store.
We will always remember the contributions made by our volunteers and honor their efforts.
Woof, ruff, ruff, woof, woof!
Carlos loves cotton!