My Story

Hi there!

Hi!  My name is Heidi!  I am the mom of four super cool boys!

I made my first quilt after the birth of my first son in 1997.  I bought the Singer's Quilting Bible, a quilting mat/ruler/rotary cutter set, and a small amount of green and off-white fabric.  I was fascinated with the process from start to finish.

I immediately planned the next quilt, bought the fabric and cut it all out. And it sat in my fabric bins for years as our family expanded.  Life was consumed with home decoration projects.  Pillow covers, window treatments, nursery bedding, and duvet covers and shams. I always sighed when I saw my ziplock bag filled with cut triangles. 

In 2004, I was asked to finish a quilt someone started for my boys' school auction. I was hooked again and spent every year making one to two quilts a year for the school auction. I sometimes wanted to quit because I would struggle to push twin to queen size quilts on my domestic machine. 

 Three years ago,  my mother was visiting and remarked that I didn't have a lot of quilts around for someone who called herself a quilter.   In November 2010, I pieced the very second quilt for our family to keep and I never looked back again.

It also was the one thing that got me through the loss of my daughter, in the fall of 2009.  My studio is the one place I feel like my daughter is with me.

Quilting changed me.  

 Enough that my darling husband looked into my soul.  He actually accompanied me to the Houston Quilt Show in November 2011 and we came home with my Handiquilter Avante 18in Longarm Quilting Machine, affectionately called Ole Betsy.

I have enjoyed quilting my own quilts on this machine, but I cannot piece quilts fast enough to keep Ole Betsy busy.   By quilting your unfinished quilts, Ole Betsy gets some love.  I get to stitch some of my heart and soul into what can become a cherished heirloom.

And you?
 You get a quilt that can be used or hung on the back of your chair finally!

Thank you for sharing your piece of art.  Your work of labor and love.