Quilters' Guild of North Dakota

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Bonnie Anderson with Rhoda, a baby she helped rescue and care for in Kenya in 2019. Rhoda is doing great now. She is reunited with her mother and is getting the medical help she needs.

Medical help has always been Bonnie’s specialty. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner. Bonnie is from Indiana, where she attended school and college. Her NP degree is from Kentucky.

Bonnie is one of several people who was infected by the quilting bug because of Virginia Dambach. They met through church, and Virginia advised her not to wait until retirement to begin quilting. Good advice! That fall she took a class at the Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference. 26 years later she is still enjoying quilt making, and learning new techniques.

After quilting a quilt on her home machine, using rulers, Bonnie decided to upgrade, and bought a Bernina Q20. It’s a table-mounted long arm machine with a stitch regulator feature. Another new passion is free-hand machine embroidery.

You may recognize Bonnie from her work on the Small Quilt Silent Auction, and her current Guild project of assembling a COVID quilt. Did you make your block yet? Click here for info.

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Lori Olek

You may know Lori Olek as a long-arm machine quilter. In fact, she founded the Red River Machine Quilters group 25 years ago. In the early 1990’s Lori apprenticed with long-armer Barb Herrick, a former QGND president and one of the earliest long-arm quilters in the area. There she learned how to do pantograph designs.

Lori bought her first quilting machine in 1993. She is now on her third machine, a Bernina Q24. She appreciates that this machine can be serviced locally. In the old days, she had to drive her machine to Missouri if she couldn’t fix it herself! She still quilts professionally, mixing freehand, computer work and ruler work. Problems with neck pain have led her to stop working on show quilts.

Lori and her family live on a farm near Felton, MN. She grew up in north Fargo, graduated from Fargo North, and went on to NDSU and MSUM to become an elementary teacher. In 2019, she bought 50 head of sheep, now her herd has grown to 200. She raises breeds that are good for both wool and meat, including Corriedale and Rambouillet. She learned how to process the wool, from cleaning, through carding, spinning and dyeing. Not a knitter, Lori can crochet or weave with her yarn.

Did you know that Lori’s sister is Peggy Spitzer, another QGND member? (Also a retired teacher.) They have a third sister who is a quilter, living in Florida.

Stephanie Lacher

Stephanie Lacher, our newsletter editor, has been a member of QGND for over 20 years. She has served as editor most of that time. “Nobody has kicked me out yet!” she says with a laugh.

Stephanie is from Fargo, although her family moved to the country where she attended Kindred High School, followed by Moorhead State University. She and her husband live in Fargo, not far from her childhood home.

Stephanie is a professional long arm quilter. She made her first quilt in 7th grade, as an alternative to sewing the jumper that was the class project. After her marriage, she returned to making quilts, mostly as gifts.

Getting involved in the Guild has been a great way to get to know people, she explained.

This is a personal quilt made in 2019. Mixes quilting with tangle patterns drawn with a sharpie marker.

I took a class online to make quilt portraits. This is my friend, Carol Scott. The winter I took the picture, she always wore a coat with a large fur collar. She always has her glasses either almost falling off her nose or on the top of her head.
Fabrics are a mix of commercial & hand dyed. 

Aviatrix was pieced by Elizabeth Barlow. Stephanie quilted it on her long arm machine.