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KATHIE BELTZ

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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11 hours ago

Kathie Beltz: Quilter, Teacher, Judge

Sparkle, sparkle!For this week's #quiltspiration post, you're getting more than just your weekly dose of inspiration; you're also getting a sneak peek at our newest pattern 💎

Diamonds, pearls . . . which one is a girl's best friend? Well, why not both!? Inspired by shimmering diamonds and glistening pearls, my newest pattern uses a combination of faceted diamond blocks made with the Split Rects and pearl-like Square Squared units to create elegant strands of diamonds and pearls across your quilt top.

Our newest pattern, Diamonds & Pearls, will be available for order soon!
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14 hours ago

Kathie Beltz: Quilter, Teacher, Judge

Here's me in action at the Vermont Quilt Festival giving my Judge's Choice Award to Lynne Rainen for her landscape quilt, Maine Coast. Why is it that the action shots are never flattering?!?!? 🤪🤪The countdown is on! Quilt submissions will begin February 1, 2019 at 12 noon EST (GMT-5). New for 2019, submissions will be processed through an online system instead of via mailed-in submission forms. Please visit www.vqf.org/contest for online submission details and what information will be needed. ...

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Kathie Beltz: Quilter, Teacher, Judge

I am a Friend of VQF! It‘s a great way to support the show. Sign up today!

Vermont Quilt FestivalBecause of support through our volunteer and VQF Friends programs, we are able to continue to bring industry leaders in quilting education and incredible antique and art quilt exhibits to Vermont. As a non-profit organization, we depend on the support of our community and can't thank you enough for your contributions. We can't wait to share what's next for VQF in 2019!

Interested in being a Friend of VQF? Head to vqf.org/class/friends-vqf-donation/ to read more about the benefits. Sign up before January 31st and receive Priority Registraion, allowing you to sign up for a class before the general public. Reach out to info@vqf.org with any questions.
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