- Penny Marble
"My mom was a crafter at heart - all my life I remember her sewing, crocheting, knitting - she would even do fine English smocking on our little dresses when we were young. It was no surprise when, shortly after I had gotten married, she started taking quilting classes. I was intrigued and asked her to show me how. I was hooked! There was no turning back.
It wasn't long before I was exploring everything there was about quilting, and my mom was coming to me with questions! I chose to do a Lone Star for my first quilt (the one behind me in the photo!). At the time, I was convince that "real quilters" did everything by hand - so this quilt is hand pieced (each little diamond cut from a cardboard template!), and hand quilted. It took me a little over a year to finish. I attached a label to the back dedicating it to my husband, Charlie..."With all my love in every stitch". We used to joke that if we ever got divorced, we wouldn't fight over the kids, we'd fight over the quilt. I'm happy to say, we're still together 30 years later!
My focus has shifted over the years, and I now do most of my quilting on the machine, both domestic and longarm. I enjoy exploring new ways to accomplish traditional designs, and love to teach what I am so passionate about . With the support of my husband, Charlie, I have started Penny Marble Quilt Designs with hopes to make it my full time career. I'm not sure who said it, but the phrase "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" comes to mind. That may be true, but there will always be laundry!