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Professional Quilter ~ Teacher ~ Judge

Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor


I bought a sewing machine at age 15 with money from my first job, and made clothes and home decor items early on. When the quilting bug bit me later in life, it was a great reason to bring that old Singer sewing machine out of retirement.

I am totally addicted to quilting, and enjoy associating with other quilters who are equally addicted. I’ve been quilting since 1995, teaching since 2004, and judging quilts since 2007. I concentrate on machine piecing and quilting, and I’m always trying new techniques, gadgets and patterns.

I love quilting because it is my therapy. “Me” time in my sewing room is my favorite thing. But on the flip side, I also love the socialization involved in quilt guilds, quilt shows, and quilting retreats. I try to attend quilt retreats twice a year – what a joy to have uninterrupted sewing time!

As a member of the Monadnock Quilters Guild and the Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild, I’ve held many leadership positions including Secretary, Member-at-Large, Program and Workshop Coordinator, and Block of the Month Coordinator. I’ve served on various committees and been involved in each guild’s quilt show. Luckily these shows occur in alternating years, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to keep up!

I have been fortunate that some of my quilts have won awards across the country, including at A Quilter’s Gathering, Home Machine Quilting Show, Images at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, International Quilt Festival in Houston, Machine Quilters Exposition, Machine Quilting Today Upper Midwest Show, Maine Quilts, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show, MQX Quilt Festivals, National Quilting Association, Quilting With Machines, Quiltweek Lancaster, Quiltweek Paducah, Road to California, Southern New Hampshire Quilt Festival, Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace, Vermont Quilt Festival, and the World Quilt Show – New England. Several of my quilts were juried into the AQS show in Paducah in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, winning ribbons in 2015 and 2017.

As an award-winning quilter, I lecture, teach workshops, and give demonstrations at guilds, quilt shops, and quilt shows across the country. I enjoy teaching, especially to beginners.

In 2013, my latest adventure was to become a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s tool and technique company.  This certification provides me with the opportunity to continue Deb Tucker’s tradition of excellent instruction combined with fun. Deb’s efficient techniques and her accurate tools make it easy to create beautiful quilts without a lot of fuss.

New in 2017! From Kathie Beltz Quilt Designs: Companion Patterns for Studio 180 Design tools.  I have designed a line of quilt patterns for smaller projects that look complicated, but are easier to make than you might think.  The patterns have easy-to-follow instructions plus the advantages of using Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design precision tools and techniques.

I also have extensive judging experience. My judging philosophy is to acknowledge excellence in quilting, and to educate and encourage quilters of all skill levels. I like to consider my judging work as an extension of my teaching, guiding quilters to improve their skills through constructive comments.

I live in Southern New Hampshire with my husband, Randy, and two English Cocker Spaniels.  Life is good in the “Live Free or Die” state!  


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Yesterday I went to the holiday gathering of the Seacoast Area Fiber Artists group. Good food, good times. Here’s what I received in the gift swap. I am now the proud owner of a Wen Redmond original!

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Kathie Beltz: Quilter, Teacher, Judge

I'm flipping through the latest edition of American Quilter Magazine, and I come across my friend, Angie Callbeck, in her HandiQuilter Inspiration Squad ad. See, I actually know someone famous! ...

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Kathie Beltz: Quilter, Teacher, Judge

Attention all my students from Nashua Sew and Vac! Starting in January, I'll be teaching classes a little bit differently. Instead of classes based on a specific quilt, the classes will be organized as a Block of the Month.

We'll be making 4-inch block units, then I'll show you multiple ways to combine these units to create different 8-inch and 12-inch blocks. You will learn piecing skills while making these blocks without the commitment of having to create a full quilt top.

You can use up scraps from your stash. Or, if you want all the blocks to match, you can use fat quarters or 1/2 yards of coordinating fabrics. It's up to you!

The full year's schedule is on my website calendar (, and the schedule will be on Nashua Sew and Vac's website shortly.

Sign up at Nashua Sew and Vac, and let's play with blocks!

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Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design

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Exciting news! I am the newest member of the Creators Club at Northcott Fabrics! Wait 'til you see what I have planned. I'm in the middle of writing a new pattern using some really yummy fabrics from a couple of Northcott lines. Stay tuned!

Northcott Fabrics, Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design

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