Maria Tamaoka

Maria Tamaoka

Maria is teaching class 6036

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

Maria: I made my first quilt in 1985. I visited an old classmate of mine, saw she made a quilt and thought, hmm, I like sewing, I’ll give it a try. I was hooked!

Matt: Do you have a quilting studio?

Maria: My “studio” is my store, Pinwheels, living room, bedroom, kitchen-wherever I find a free table and ironing board.

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

Maria: My husband and I brought Daiwabo Taupe Fabric to the US in 2001. Since then, I’ve been called the Taupe lady. I love making “monochromatic” traditional quilts using Daiwabo Taupe Fabric.

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

Maria: Hmmmm…Taupe????

Matt: What books or articles have you written?

Maria: My first book was called Inspirations from Japan. I have also been published in Quilter’s Newsletter magazine, Quilt Mania and Patchwork Tsushin Japan.

Matt: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?

Maria: I love listening to Books on Tape.

Matt: What is your quilting inspiration?

Maria: The fabric inspires me.

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

Maria: I’m sure there are many things, as we usually have a good time in class, just can’t think of anything right now.

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

Maria: Hard to say the best class, but I remember my first class as it really started me quilting.