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!