November 2019 Meeting

Our delightful speaker this month was Marianne Hatton and her topic was “Jill of All Trades”. Marianne has a long history in all kinds of sewing – clothing, embroidery, lace,  piecing quilts and then quilting them by hand. She was complimented on her hand quilting when she had an opportunity to attend a quilting party with a group of Amish women. She also believes in using LOTS of different patterns and colours in her quilts. She also loves to incorporate design elements into her quilts that hold significance for her, reminding her of the many places she has traveled.

“Like many quilters, she sewed clothes from a young age and dressed Barbie dolls with garments requiring those tiny eighth-inch buttons and half-inch zippers! , , , , then she became a high school home economics teacher so she could sew some more. Marianne has been making quilts for the past 30 years or so, and has taught quiltmaking for at least 20 of those years in adult education settings, privately, and in quilt stores. She owned The Uncommon Thread, a small fabric import business specializing in importing hand-dyed fabrics from South Africa, for about five years, but gave it up to focus more on teaching. Students in her studio classes range from beginners through experienced quilters and she enjoys every opportunity to teach. Her goal is to enable students to put their unique stamp on their creations, and she endeavors to bring out the latent talent for design that many quilters don’t know they have within themselves!  Marianne was born in South Africa and she and her husband came to the United States in 1977.”  

She has a brief video on if you are interested in hearing about the book. You can also visit her site to learn more about her workshops at

And of course we had show and tell: