2018 Machine Quilter Showcase: Mike Denton

2018 Machine Quilter Showcase:  Mike Denton

Even though I learned to sew on my mom’s treadle machine when I was in high school, and owned my own sewing machine when Sue and I married in 1967, I really didn’t take up quilting until 2009, when I attended the Absolutely Beginning Quilting class taught by Lawry Thorn at the Stitchin’ Post.

I’m not much on color choices, but the intricate fitting of pieces of fabric together to make new patterns, where there were none, just seems to make perfect sense.  I became so involved with the process that I ended up with 36 different 12 inch blocks that are now pieced together into a fairly large quilt.

After practicing, by tracing pantograph designs onto charity quilts, I did the quilting on my first quilt, and again on my second.  After more charity quilts, we upgraded to a Handiquilter Fusion, with a computer, in 2010.  The computer designs on the quilts also make perfect sense the way the patterns intersect and flow from one area of the quilt to another, like a symphony.

SOQS Staff would also like to salute Mike for the myriad of tasks he volunteers for.  Basically, we couldn’t produce Quilt Show Day without Mike’s efforts.  We are grateful for the many hours his wife Sue volunteers in the SOQS Event Office!