Sue Maiter – August 2013 Featured Quilt Maker

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I often think I was born with the quilting gene.  I remember going to my Grandma’s quilting circle and setting under the frame watching the ladies stitch.  I was born and raised in Flint, MI.  My Mom was a garment sewer who never showed any interest in quilting.   When I was young, I spent many Saturday nights in the Sears fabric department with Grandma and Mom, trying to pick out fabric.  Grandma made aprons and used the scraps for quilts. I am lucky enough to be the only one in the family who showed any interest in her quilts, so I am the lucky one to have them today.  The only sewing I did was what I had to do in home economics class.

My husband and I married and had our two boys.  I remember making Barbie clothes for the neighborhood girls, since there weren’t really too many things to make for the boys.  Once the boys were in school I decided it was time to do some Mom things.  The classes began.  Macramé, cross stitch, needlepoint, and on and on.  Nothing really fit.  One day I went shopping with a friend.  We drove to a big pink house!  The name on the door was Quilts, Kits and Kaboodles.  The angels started singing.  As I was peeking in at a class, the teacher asked if I would like to come in and see what they were doing.  Well…….before I left I had signed up for a hand piecing, hand quilting class.

The project for the class was a Clam Shell block.  The teacher informed us that she was on the committee for a local quilt show, and thought we should enter our blocks.  I did, and won first place.  The addiction had begun.  I figured if I could make a block, I could make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  Thinking back, that wasn’t real smart.  I still remember searching out the fabric, and sewing and sewing and sewing.  I finished binding it last year.  The next project was a Lone Star.  That was finished and used.

The boys grew, went to college, and I continued to quilt.  No more hand piecing.  I decided it was time to turn the old Viking in and buy my first Bernina.

By now I had gone to work and we had moved due to a job transfer for my husband.  I met a new group of friends who were interested in quilting.  Someone came up with the idea of taking a class being offered at 6:00 a.m. Saturday mornings.  Since we were all working girls, we decided it would be a great idea.  Which it was.  I still remember the fun! It was at this time, that I started to work at a wonderful quilt shop in Sterling Heights, MI.  This continued until my husband decided it was time to retire.

The plan was to spend summers in MI and rent a place in AZ for the winter.  The plan went into effect and I worked and taught part time at the shop in the summer, and spent the winters taking classes and volunteering at the quilt show in AZ in the winter.

I have never liked the A word.  I have taken numerous classes from all the top “A” teachers, but never could grasp what all the fuss about.  I am lucky enough to have a great group of friends who like to travel to different quilt venues.  It seems as though I always searched out Pearl Periera.  She has a method of applique that I kept thinking maybe I could do.  When I found her I would stand and listen to 6 to 8 of her demos.  When I left I would go buy a few more patterns, go home and put them in the drawer.

In 2011 I found a Lori Smith pattern I had purchased.  It had pieced block and applique blocks.  It was time to put my demo watching into first gear.  I started my project, finished my project, entered my project in the AQS show.  No one was more shocked than I was.  I won a ribbon and the Hall of Fame Award.  The addiction went to a different level.

In 2012 I went to a 4 day workshop with Pearl to learn all of her tricks, and to top it all off, my finished workshop project won a blue ribbon in Applique, in the AQG 2013 show.  The addiction continues!

Sue Maiter’s Gallery

Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt - by Sue Maiter detail
Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt – by Sue Maiter detail
Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt - by Sue Maiter detail
Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt – by Sue Maiter detail
Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt - by Sue Maiter detail
Heartland, a Hall of Fame Award Winning Quilt – by Sue Maiter detail
Tumbler by Sue Maiter. Quilted using Big Stitch
Tumbler by Sue Maiter. Quilted using Big Stitch
9 Patch, pieced by her Grandmother, completed by Sue Maiter,
9 Patch, pieced by her Grandmother, completed by Sue Maiter,
Carpenters Square by Sue Maiter
Carpenters Square by Sue Maiter
Farmers Wife by Sue Maiter
Farmers Wife by Sue Maiter
Pine Burr by Sue Maiter.
Pine Burr by Sue Maiter.

 

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