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Meet the QuiltWorks Staff

Marilyn Forestell

QuiltWorks is in its 8th year, and I have never loved a business as much as I love this one. I have sewn my whole life making clothes, outdoor wear, toys, even a yurt! My quilting journey began in 1980. I was starting a family, and I wasn't ready to invest into quilting, but I knew then I was going to be a quilter. From the first hour of my first quilt class (July 8, 1999, 8 AM) I knew it was the beginning of a new life. I became passionate about quilting, designing many of my quilts and loving everything about the craft.


In 2010 I decided I wanted to own a quilt shop and thus QuiltWorks was born. It has been a joy, a challenge, exhilarating and exhausting. Old friends and new friends walk through the door every day.


Our quilt gallery has been a unique part of the business. We invite quilters, usually a Featured Quilter and a group to share their quilts. Now in our 8th year, we have had about 85 months of exhibits, our customers have enjoyed thousands of quilts.


I'm proud of bringing the Modern Quilt Guild to Central Oregon, now in its 8th year. I helped start a Days for Girls chapter (, and they work out of our shop every month, they are in their 4th year. The Novel Idea Quilt Exhibit will be displaying quilts inspired by the Deschutes Library's Novel Idea selection this April for the 8th year. We'll also welcome 35 to 40 book clubs into our quilt gallery the month of April.


QuiltWorks offers longarm quilting, and two of my employees are Innova professionals. We boast of a two-week turnaround.


We offer classes September through May and have welcomed quilters from all over Central Oregon and beyond.


Our Second Saturday Strip Club has been an enormous success. We present precut projects, Tease Bags, Show & Tell, Door Prizes and a surprise performance by myself. I get a creative challenge monthly, sort of like a senior stripper channeling Carol Burnett (not too much to worry about!)


And now in 2018, I'm especially proud to announce that our very successful non-profit organization Sew Teach Me, matching trained, screened mentors with youth to learn to sew at no cost is now being promoted nationally. Please visit our website to learn more how your community can start its Team.

Karen Wallace

Karen Wallace

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.

Cathy Wambaugh

Dawn Williams

Dawn Williams

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.

Vickie Minor

I made my first quilt in 1974, out of fabric left over from all the outfits my sisters and I had made over the years for holidays, proms, etc. Fast forward to 2013, when I retired and moved to Bend with my husband, a native Oregonian, who was happy to be in his home state again. I now have the time to devote to my passions (quilting, gardening and golf!), I love doing long arm quilting for the shop and helping our customers make magic happen with their quilts. This is the best retirement job ever!   

Karen Dougan

My love for sewing and crafting started at a very young age all inspired by my mom and Far-Far Grandma. Fast forwarding, in 1999 we were station in Tucson, AZ. Several of my friends were Quilters and or Scrapbookers who influenced me to dive into these two crafts and boy did I. Several moves thereafter we landed in Bend in 2012. I wanted to get back to Quilting so I took several classes here at QuiltWorks. I just loved not only being around these super sweet, knowledgeable, loving ladies but that they shared so many of their skills, tricks, and ideas with me which sparked my passion for quilting/crafting/sewing again. At the end of this summer, I left my full-time job and joined QuiltWorks as their second Longarm quilter. A dream came true; I am part of this amazing, passionate, friendly family. What an honor I feel to be a part of this team, by adding the finishing touches to someone’s masterpiece. The joy, excitement and pure pleasure I get from this experience is priceless. When I am not at the shop, I am either teaching Jazzercise, on the phone with one of our three grown children who live out of state, crafting, Quilting, reading, hiking, running, hanging out with friends, volunteering, or exploring our great area and/or traveling with my hubby, Scott.

Our Wonderful Volunteers


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.

Harper, QuiltWorks' Intern

Harper our Intern

Harper is our talented, hardworking Intern. She helps with many tasks, including social media, website and product data input and much more. And she is also an amazing quilter. Harper won Champion and an Award of Excellence at the 2018 Oregon State Fair for her quilt 'LuLu Elephant.'

We appreciate all her hard work and love her being part of our team! 

Piper, the shop dog

Piper, the shop dog

Piper says,

Woof, ruff, ruff, woof, woof!

Love, Piper

Carlos, the ceramic mascot

Carlos, QuiltWorks mascot

Carlos loves cotton!