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March 31, 2013
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Lake Wildwood's Ernst featured at 'Springtime in the Pines' quilt show


Susie Ernst is passionate about quilting and teaching beginners to quilt. As a result of her skill and enthusiasm, Susie, a Lake Wildwood resident since 2005, will be the featured quilter at the 29th annual “Springtime in the Pines” quilt show sponsored by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Nevada County. The quilt show will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sometimes life comes full circle. Susie’s grandmother was an avid quilter but Susie was always too busy with her career at IBM to want to learn the basics. Many years later with grandma deceased and Susie retired, she decided to take some classes while working part time for a quilting store. She worked there for three years and eventually became the teacher for the basic quilting classes. When the store decided to stop the classes, Susie did the next best thing and started her own quilt store, Quilted Angel, in Petaluma so she could continue to teach. She owned the store from 1991 to 2005 when she moved to Nevada County. The store is still in existence but now Susie teaches quilting to small groups out of her home in LWW. She can be reached at susieernst@comcast.net if you want more information about classes.

Susie was a member of the Northern California Quilt Council for 20 years until 2010. When not quilting or teaching others to quilt, Susie can be found working with the LWW computer group or coordinating volunteers to feed the homeless at the Last Friday Night Supper sponsored by her church each month.

To date, Susie has made over 500 quilts and has taught over 2000 students to quilt. For her own quilts, she favors lots of different fabrics with traditional designs. She also makes quilted bags and jackets. Many of her quilts, along with the creations of some of her students, will be on display at the “Springtime in the Pines” show.

According to their brochure, The Pine Tree Quilt Guild was founded in 1984 to further the knowledge and joy of quilt making. The guild is very involved in community service. In 2012, they donated 465 quilts, 221 Christmas stockings, 37 wall hangings, 10 pillow cases, and 45 walker bags to a number of local non-profits. In addition, they granted two $1,500 scholarships to local high school students going on to college to study art, fiber art and/or design. To learn more, go to www.pinetreequiltguild.com.

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