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Black Earth resident's quilts on display


September 20, 2018

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At the Mazomanie Library, quilts by Thankful Sanftleben are on display. "I have been a quilter for about 23 years. I had always wanted to make my two girls a quilt. I've been sewing since I was about 12, making most of my school clothes. When my girls were small I made a lot of their clothes also, until the day came when they got picky about what they wore. The sewing machine got packed away and didn't come out again until my older daughter graduated from college in 1995. I took my first class at a small quilt shop in Middleton, making a queen sized log cabin. I was hooked and the rest is history. I will try almost any pattern, just about always using bright colors. Making bright colored quilts makes me happy. My favorite quilts are those using more traditional quilt blocks, although I have made several modern quilts. I've only done three commissioned quilts (all memory quilts). Everything else I make is gifted to those I care about. My children's families (I have five granddaughters) have probably been the recipients of more quilts than they can use! I have lived in Mazomanie since 1958, just moving to Black Earth a month ago. I have been married 47 years (in two weeks). My husband has always enjoyed my creations, although he didn't enjoy moving my fabric stash. I have sewed for the past 23 years in my living room on a card table. In my new home I now have a dedicated sewing room (the old parlor). I find quilting very peaceful and satisfying. Sew happy!"

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