Congratulations to Margaret Solomon Gunn, Pine Tree Quilters Guild’s first Gold Needle Honoree Award winner. The Gold Needle Award is given for winning Best of Judged at Maine Quilts five times. A certificate and Gold Needle pin were presented at the January Members’ meeting. We hope Margaret continues to show her quilts in our Display and Challenge exhibits. A brief bio below:
Margaret Solomon Gunn
“I’m an ex-engineer, stay-at-home mom, full-time quilter, with 3 not-so-little wildthings, ages 12-14-16. I love to garden, sew, craft, quilt, scrapbook when they give me the chance. Needless to say, that leaves little time for housework & cooking. I am a longarm quilter.
I learned to sew nearly 40 years ago. My mother first taught me to embroider, and then to make clothing and pillows. In college, my first bed quilt was made, and I have not turned back. Between 2007 and 2009 when my children were quite young, I made over 100 quilts for the charity, Project Linus. I am not your typical quilter though. I have college degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, and years of experience in these fields. It was too challenging to work in engineering and juggle the needs of 3 kids. In 2009, I bought a long arm quilting machine and started my business, Mainely Quilts of Love. This enabled me to pursue my overwhelming passion for sewing with a career that allows me to be at home when my kids need me home.”
Known for her often intricate secondary patterns and use of templates, Margaret is a freemotion quilter with many national awards and published articles to her credit. www.MainelyQuiltsofLove.com