Linda Thielfoldt

Linda Thielfoldt

Linda is teaching classes 1006, 1012, 2006, 2012, 3014, 4014, 5016, 5018, 8601, 8602

Matt: How long have you been quilting? What made you begin quilting?

Linda: I started quilting 37 years ago because my older sister was having a baby and I wanted to make a quilt for her – I was 13 but had been sewing since I was 9.

M: Do you have a quilting studio? How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?

L: Yes, actually I have two places – one is where I work and is known as my studio – it is fairly large and was custom built for my business. The other is where I play and is known as my sewing room. The sewing room is 12 x 15 and the studio is 15 x 38. I keep 25 different kinds of batting at hand.

M: What do you consider your quilting “specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world?

L: I am a very traditional quilter who does not take the whole process too seriously. I do lots of feathers but with a company name like “The Quilted Goose” you might expect that. I am known for my wearable art.

M: What is your favorite color schemes to work with?

L: Warm colors – but I do love weird combinations too – especially reproductions from the mid 1800’s.

M: What books or articles have you written?

L: I have written for Threads Magazine and have written many articles for On Track magazine , which is published by the International Machine Quilters Association. I usually have one or two in each issue.

M: What do you do while you quilt?

L: Usually I have TV on for background noise if I am piecing, if I am quilting I listen to talk radio or music. I am very into contemporary Christian music and listen to the internet station K-Love.

M: What is your quilting inspiration?

L: Traditional quilts of the past – I find them so interesting and when I think about what they came up with and how primitive their tools were compared to today I am just blown away. Here n MI we have the Susan McCord collection at The Henry Ford and those are just jaw dropping beautiful! All made at a time when just doing the laundry took all day and the lighting came from burning something!

M: What is the funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?

L: Well, one was funny and one was scary… The funny one was when a pregnant student’s water broke… and the other was when a student cut the tip of her finger off with a rotary cutter only minutes after me going through the whole safety thing about using them. What is really amazing is that 1) I don’t do blood and yet managed to get a wet paper towel and pick up the finger, wrap it in the paper and at the same time help the student get off to the emergency room 2) she had never taken a class before and didn’t want to miss a minute of it – she got 13 stitches and CAME back to the (all day) class! She and her friend actually got quite a bit done in spite of all the excitement. 3) After class I felt like throwing up when I replayed the day in my mind. Another funny moment was in a DSM class when a student sewed her top to the quilt she was working on and had to take it off to unsew it – that was interesting.

M: What was the best class you have ever taken?

L: Well I am mostly self taught and I have not taken that many classes. When I started there were not many options for learning and I had to do it the old way – you know lots of mistakes and a success here and there just to keep you going. I did take quite a few long arm classes in my early years and one that does come to mind is a drawing class with Janet Fogg several years ago. Just hearing how her mind works in regards to the design process was worth the price of admission.