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Featured Quilter - Susan Rupp

I started quilting about 10 years ago.  My niece was getting married and a friend suggested that I make her a Guest Book quilt with blocks that guests could sign.  I loved to sew garments, but I thought, how hard could a quilt be?  Well, under the tutelage of my dear friend, I made 125 friendship star blocks.  My niece loved the blocks so much that she did not want her guests to sign them.  So I put the blocks of my first quilt together.  It ended up being a huge king size quilt.  I quilted it on my domestic machine…stitching in the ditch.  Very humble beginnings to say the least.

I never thought I would catch the “quilt fever”, but 10 years later, here I am with a full-blown case of “quilt fever” and not to mention that, I have also become a fabricolic!

Most of the quilts I have made over the past 10 years have been gifted to friends and family.  I started out making very traditional quilts, but have found that my love of quilting has forced me to seek out different methods of quilting, maybe using a new template or ruler, and trying to think outside the box when selecting fabrics and patterns.

I really loved making quilt tops, but felt that I wanted to take the quilting process all the way to a finished product.  After a few years of renting a longarm machine, in 2017, I bit the bullet and purchased an Innova Longarm.  My machine is not computerized, so I am loving exploring the world of longarm ruler work, hand-guided edge-to-edge pantographs and free motion quilting!

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