Linda Thielfoldt


Linda will be teaching in our Longarm Division Classes on Monday and Tuesday.  She will also give a lecture on Wednesday afternoon on How to Start a Longarm business.


How many years have you been quilting? Well I made my first quilt in 1974.  My sister was expecting a baby – the 1st grandchild and I wanted to make a baby quilt.  It was applique and the design was hand drawn by me. I had no clue what I was doing but I did know how to sew.  I was 13.

What motivated you to start quilting? Well my grandmother was a quilter and although I olnly got to see her a couple of times a year (she lived in Canada) I was always facinated by the quilts she had made.  My mother was not a quilter but a wonderful seamstress. I made the baby quilt and then the bicentennial was coming up and quilting was back in the forefront and I just got the bug.

Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career? US, mostly places I could drive to since I never can pack light and I had the whole airport thing!

What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career? Well the most frightening was when a student cut the end of her finger off with a rotary cutter – I mean clean off!  I hate blood and was so calm and collected I wondered afterward who it was that picked up the finger, wrapped it in a wet paper towel and called 911.  I still to this day cannot believe I actually did that.  Even more ironic is that she came back to class with 18 stitches – it was an all day hands on class and she did not want to miss it!  Funny thing I just ran into her in JoAnns a couple of months ago and that class was over 12 years ago…her finger looked pretty good.

Who is your favorite author? Well there are quite a few.  I am fond of Janet Evonovich – can’t wait for 15, love Emilie Richards and Susan Wiggs

What is the last book you read or are reading? The You I Never Knew – by Susan Wiggs, I read while I ride my trainer (one of my bikes is indoors on a stand -kind of like an exercise bike)

What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or ?? Fourth and the “Baby” – change of life baby, my mother was shocked when she found out.  I hated being called the  “Baby” growing up.

Where did you grow up? Birmingham, Michigan,  Small suburb of Detroit

Where did you go to college? Oakland and Macomb Community College, RIT

Do you have children – grandchildren? Just 3 furry ones – I am a 16 year survivor of ovarian cancer and never had any children but do have Zach, Spencer and Winston – all Devon Rex kitties.

Do you have any pets?  See children above

What is your favorite food? Well I am not sure it should be called a food – potato chips – I  cannot have them in the house!  Chocolate howerver can go moldy in my house – I think I still have red and green kisses from Chirstmas, but a bag of chips rarely lasts more than a few days.  As for real food, I love broccoli.

Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?  Gardening, cycling – my husband and I love to ride and we have a tandem.  I love to play golf but sadly don’t have the time like I used to.  I have been making my own bread for the past 6 months and it has become an obsession.

What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object?  Go to art school.  My sister got to do that and sadly she does not do anything with it. I would love to have some formal training. I want to sky dive but my insurance won’t insure me if I do.  I would love to ride every roller coaster in the US. I am sure there are more things, but my list is pretty short since I am doing what I love to do (professional quilter) and have a happy life – each day is a gift and I am thankful for what I have

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