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Hi, my name is Carol; I’m a quilter.  I began piecing quilt tops around 1980.  It all started when a friend was explaining a quilting class she was taking to me.  I figured since I had been a garment sewer for many years that I could make a quilt.   I bought fabric and went home and put the quilt top together just on her verbal instructions.  Once I had the top made, I had to sign up for the class because I didn’t know what to do next.  I was hooked.  I bought fabric and took classes and made quilt tops.

I sent my quilts out be quilted for many years until my long arm quilter let me try out her machine.  I was hooked again.   I bought a Gammill Optimum non-regulated quilting machine in 2004; it was upgraded with a stitch regulator in 2011.  The machine is hand-guided not computerized.  It is on a 14’ frame and can accommodate quilt tops up to 130” in width. 

I talked to anyone in town who had a machine for tips and instruction on how to use the machine.  I did a lot of “trial-and-error” quilting on tops I purchased on Ebay.  I knew if I could quilt these and make them look decent, I could quilt any quilt.  After a couple of years I started going to machine quilting shows and taking classes from well-known long arm quilters. I continue to improve my skills by taking classes every year and attend shows to see what is “new” in the quilting world.



I live in Fairbanks, Alaska most of the year.  Fairbanks is called the “Golden Heart City” of Alaska and is located in the middle of the state.  Fairbanks has extreme weather—from -55 to +95 degrees Fahrenheit.  What’s the weather like today? click here.

 

Winter begins in mid-September when we usually get our first snowfall of the year, days get shorter and darker, and by the December solstice we only have about 3 hours of dusky light.  Days start getting longer and lighter in January and by the end of April the snow is mostly gone.  By summer solstice (June 21) we have over 22 hours of daylight.  The Alaska Goldpanners play the Midnight Sun baseball game outdoors starting at 10pm with no stadium lights needed.

 

Even though I live and breathe quilting, I spend as much time as possible at the trap range in the summer.  I shoot at the Fairbanks Trap Club (PITA) in Fairbanks and at many of the 2-day shoots in Chugiak at the Birchwood Recreation & Shooting Park (ATA) which is about 300 miles away from Fairbanks.  My husband (who also shoots skeet), both of my grown sons and my daughter-in-law shoot, so when we are together we make up an entire squad.



The other part of the year I live in Haines, Alaska.  I have just completed building a quilting studio and will work there as well as in Fairbanks.  My studio overlooks the Haines small boat harbor, Fort Seward and Rainbow Glacier.  When not quilting during my time in Haines, I fish for salmon and halibut and set shrimp and crab pots.

 

Haines’ climate is much milder, rainier and windier than Fairbanks.  Temperatures range between 10 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall is measured in feet.  Haines is located at the northern end of Lynn Canal on Alaska’s southeast panhandle; it is a 12-hour, 650-mile road trip through Canada from Fairbanks.  I see all types of animals on the drive, mostly moose and bears, but I sometimes see wolves, fox, lynx, porcupines or caribou.  And of course, swans!

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