Marie Atkinson is the Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild quilter of the month.
Atkinson is a fourth-generation quilter, and she learned the skill in 1978 from her grandmother who taught her to cut quilt squares using cardboard and scissors, she said. After that, she made a couple of quilts with precut kits and pillow panels.
In 1990, Atkinson and a friend used a rotary cutter and made their first “real” quilts.
“Two years later, I learned to 'strip piece' and machine quilt, and this opened up a wonderful world of quilting for me. I have been a quilting maniac ever since,” she said.
“I love to do bindings and love to teach others not only good bindings, but quilting in general,” she said. “I love quilting and love to share quilting with others. I am currently a block tester for a major quilt magazine, which is so much fun.”
Atkinson has been a member of Pieceful Hearts since 1997. She has served as vice president, president and quilt show coordinator. She said she loves doing mystery quilts and has participated in many of the annual donation quilts and other group quilts.
“As Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild turns 25 this year, I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and look forward to many more years quilting and sharing quilting with our community,” she said.