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Andree Baca

Jill Green


Laura Kay Houser

 


Richard Larson

 

Janet Lindsey

Wendy Madeiros

Carolyn Miller


K
im Penrose

 
 
 
   

Merri Sarchet

 Penny Treaster    

 


Andree Baca

Jill Green

Jill has been quilting for about 25 years. She especially loves handwork. Over the last couple of years, she has really enjoyed working with wool as it combines her love of appliqué and embroidery.  Jill's  handwork reflects her love of art and music. She enjoys designing her own quilts and helping others find joy in their quilting project.


Laura Kay Houser

Laura Kay is the proud owner of Happiness Is . . . Quilting! She loves being in the business of her favorite hobby, where learning never ends. She enjoys the chance to share techniques and projects with her students in a classroom setting.


Richard Larson

Richard Larson is an award winning quilter that started sewing at the age of 6.  Richard graduated Wades Fashion Merchandising College, obtaining a degree in Fashion Design and Textiles. 

In the early 70’s and 80’s, he worked in two different fashion houses in Dallas, Texas where he designed women’s After Five Apparel.

Richard started Quilting Design Studio in 1997, when he bought his first longarm machine.  At this time, he was a corporate travel agent.   After quilting for friends for practice, he took the leap of faith, quit his job and started quilting for the public full time. Since starting in 1997, Richard has quilted over 6000 quilts.

In his career as a longarm quilter, he has been published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine in March 2005 and December 2006.

In 2011, American Quilting Society named Richard one of the 5 Best Longarm Quilters in the United States.  In recognition of this, he was part of an exhibit honoring the top 5 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.  The exhibit was called “Quilting Reinvented – Longarm Quilters of the 21st Century”.  The exhibit ran from October 2011 until January 2012.

Richard was also featured in the book “Men and the Art of Quilt Making” by Joe Cunningham, which spotlighted exceptional quilting done by men. 

Most recently, he was recognized in Cynthia England’s book, “Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts” for quilting many of the quilts featured, as well as J. Michelle Watts book “Quilts of the Southwest”.  He was Featured Artist at the Tri-County Quilt Show in Cypress, Texas February 2014.

Janet Lindsey

Janet's first experience in quilting was making a Sun Bonnet Sue applique' block with her grandmother when she was around seven years old. Her grandmother also started teaching her to sew on a treadle machine and she has been sewing ever since then.

She started seriously quilting in 1995. This is when she felt that she had found her true passion. She enjoys all aspects of the quilting process from selecting and collecting fabric to quilting the quilt. She also really enjoys hand applique', embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery. She loves the detail and dimension that it can add to a quilt.


Wendy Madeiros

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn has been a quilt maker since 1991 and began collecting antique and vintage quilts in 1993. Shortly after that she spotted an ad in Quilter's Newsletter for the upcoming American Quilt Study Group's yearly seminar in Paducah, KY. Attending that first meeting was a personal turning point as she met many people who were just as in love with old quilts as she was. She has since amassed a good collection of 19th and 20th century quilts and a library of quilt history books to help her research them.  Her quilts (both old and new) have been published in various magazines and have been exhibited in quilt museums. She also helped to co-found the Lone Star Quilt Study Group which meets twice yearly. 

She lives in Fairview with her husband and 3 cats. (She does try to keep the cat hair off the quilts but sometimes it just doesn't work!)

Kim Penrose

Kim is a Southern California gal who moved to Texas 8 years ago. Kim learned to sew in Home Ec class in Junior High. She loved to sew and excelled in the class. She went on to earn the Home Economics Student of the Year award in eighth grade. Kim started quilting with a group of ladies from her church while pregnant with her first child and she hasn't looked back.  She's been quilting for about 30 years. She loves scrappy quilts and has a very organized stash and sewing room. She started working at HIQ in the summer of 2017. Kim works in the back ordering and receiving merchandise for the shop and prepares the Happygram each week. She is also the teacher of our Beginning Piecing class. 


Merri Sarchet

Sewing has been a part of her life since making garments for herself and her sister when they were children.  Their mother sat her at the sewing machine and she has been there ever since.  She started quilting when she wanted a quilt for her son’s “big bed, and have been consumed with quilting ever since.  She especially enjoys branching out into new kinds of projects when making shop samples. 


 

Penny Treaster

Happiness Is...Quilting! and all of its customers are so fortunate to have Penny on staff and teaching.  She gladly shares her keen knowledge and experience as a quilter with both patience and insight.