About Me

Marie StraitQuilting has been my passion for more than 42 years and I have taught nearly that long. The allure of color and shapes, a response to the tactile nature of fabric along with a genetic and emotional connection to my fore-mothers come together when I make quilts.

I really like scrap quilts and make many.  The fabrics tell so many stories and bring back memories as well as feeding my need to use up what I have (and sometimes have a great excuse to buy more fabric)!

My quilts are characterized by using lots of fabrics and an understanding that value is far more important than color.  I really enjoy taking traditional patterns and making them look fresh and new with color and layout changes.

I sometimes describe myself as a split personality quilt maker, enjoying putting a contemporary twist to traditional quilts and also finding pleasure and challenge in contemporary and art quilts.

I began teaching in a quilt shop in Stockton, CA in 1976 and soon after for Manteca Adult School (CA). Since that time I have taught for Merced College, Madera Adult School, in my own and other quilt shops, and for many quilting groups in California and in Virginia. I also taught for 10 years at G Street Fabrics in Virginia.

I am the charter president of Manteca Quilters Guild and co-chaired their first show 1979, which was the first show held in the California Central Valley. I am also the charter president of Gateway Quilters Guild, Merced, CA. I am served as president of Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

I taught at the Mid-Appalachian Quilting Conference in 2002 and 2003.

Since returning to California in 2005, I have been teaching at local quilt shops and guilds in California.

I hold a California Community College Teaching credential in sewing and needlecraft.