Quilters' Guild of North Dakota


You Can Never Have Too Much

When it comes to fabric (especially large florals), vintage laces, buttons, beads and trinkets, ribbons and trims. . .Virginia Dambach’s motto is You Can Never Have Too Much. She applies the same motto to Christmas ornaments, wrapping paper and gift boxes.

Virgina’s parents named her for their home state, but she has never lived there. Her father was in the Army, so the family moved frequently. Virginia went to high school in Fairbanks, AK. She moved to Fargo from Las Vegas in 1984. You might recognize her face from pledge breaks on Priarie Public TV, where she was the Development Director for many years. She took a quilting class in Las Vegas, but she really got into it here, when she discovered the Quilters’ Guild (and quilt shops.)

Hand applique is her most favorite technique. She also indulges in crazy quilting and other embellishments.

Virginia has served in many capacities, including President and Education Chair. She is a true ambassador for the Joy of Quilting. She makes friends quickly, and then convinces them they should become quilters, too.

She and her late husband, Bob, were blessed with two daughters and six grandchildren.

What a delight to find that Aura Lee Mohror, who moved to South Dakota, is back in town to stay!

A Wanderer Returns–Aura Lee Mohror

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I spent 6 years in the AirGuard. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a secondary English Ed degree. I have spent my education career in alternative ed and currently teach English and ESL at West Central Regional Juvenile Center.  I started quilting when I was 22 in Albuquerque, NM because Paul went to training and left me all alone in a new city. I was walking past a quilt shop offering lessons. My first quilt was a hand-drafted, hand-pieced, and hand-quilted 12 block sampler.  I think I joined the guild in 2005. I have served the guild as Education Chair, Vice President, and President. I have come to love crazy quilting and applique. I have discovered that you get a lot of quilting done when your children leave home!  I am excited to be back with the guild and being with old friends.

Meet Ginny Monson, member of a local “quilting dynasty.”

Ginny is the neice of former QGND President Mary Belcourt. That makes her the neice of two more members, Susanne Silbernagel and Margaret (Peggy) Lattimore, and the cousin of Amanda Abelmann. She is also the mother of one of our youngest members, Emily.

This dynasty began with Ginny’s grandmother, who taught her to sew when she was in second grade, and helped her make her dress for her first communion. She lived near the Ben Franklin store, which was a quick source for fabrics and sewing supplies at the time. Ginny sewed her own clothing throughout her teen years. She also sewed baby blankets and toys for new cousins.

Ginny grew up in Fargo, although her family did live in Alaska until she was 8 years old. Her father was stationed there. After high school graduation, she studied accounting at NW Tech in Moorhead, now M State. She was hired by GL Hanson/Hanson Brothers, and after 25 years, she is still employed there! Since 2002 she and her family have lived in Moorhead.

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.

previous spotlights:

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.