2020 Nationally Featured Quilter Heather Black

Heather Black

A little bit about myself, I'm a single (widowed) mother of a beautiful little girl and sneak quilting in whenever possible.  I've always been creative and began oil painting at age 9.  I continued to oil paint as an adult but never liked the clean up, especially cleaning my brushes, so I basically gave it up.  I was starved for a creative outlet when my friend suggested we make quilts.

I began quilting in the summer of 2011 and finished my first quilt (Versailles) in November 2011.  I loved it instantly.  My only "training" was two semesters of home ec. in junior high so I hit the web looking for tutorials on how to make a quilt.  I worked through the piecing and sandwiching then began hand quilting.  I had no idea that you could use a sewing machine to quilt so I hand quilted my first quilt, queen size.  That was the last time I hand quilted an entire quilt.

I chose the name quiltachusetts for my blog because that's what my late husband, Stephen, called my sewing room.  He'd casually say, "are you going to quilt-achusetts?" and it stuck.  At the time I thought it was a fun name and now I'm very proud to use it for my blog.  Stephen also bought me my first 'real' sewing machine for our 6 month anniversary and it was at that point my love for quilting really took off.

About the quilts!  I'm not a traditional quilter.  I love and respect the talent, time and creativity in traditional quilts but they would look really odd mixed into my home decor.  I'm a modern quilter and designer with a love for bold geometric designs.

I enjoy finding inspiration in textile, patterns, architecture and, of course, other quilters.  I 'm dedicating this blog to medium to larger quilts I have designed.  If you'd like to see more of my quilts please visit my Flickr or Instagram Accounts I hope whoever stumbles across this site will enjoy browsing some of my quilts.