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Susan Pakula

As Susan led me up a steep stairway, I felt as though I was climbing up to my grandmother’s attic. But when we got to the top we entered a lovely, spacious, room filled with warm sunlight. A huge Koala work center is positioned in the middle of the room to take advantage of a lovely view of the surrounding hillsides through large dormer windows.  The slanted ceilings lend a whimsical “playhouse” feeling to Susan’s sewing room. A cabinetmaker was called in 5 or 6 years ago to add some lights and convert the "nooks and crannys" into shelved cabinets where she tucks her neatly arranged fabrics and tools.

Susan started quilting when she made quilts for her babies. As they grew she started making clothes and dresses for her girls. When the girls didn't want to wear "homemade" dresses any more, she got some books and started learning about quilting. She got hooked on quilting from there on.  In 2001 her friend Ronna Bond introduced her to the quilt guild and Tuesday Stitchers.

When I complimented on her beautiful machine quilting, she says she has only mastered a few patterns well. There are many she still want to learn how to do.

Her Koala work table is perfectly situated between two dormer windows with a glorious view. Sophie sometimes supervises as Susan sews. We all admire her beautiful work, and I asked her how she developed that trait.  Laughing, she says, "Well, I am a numbers person, and I guess that makes me very precise in all I do. Susan  recently took a fusable applique class in Sisters at the 4th of July conference.. She is still looking for the perfect "rock" fabric.
We all have UFO's and Susan keeps hers tucked beneath her spacious cutting table. Talent runs in the family. Susan displays a quilt made by her grandmother. She made one for each of her grandchildren. It features tiny, meticulous hand quilting.

The Pakula cat, Sophie, hangs out in the sunny windows when she is not helping Susan sew.
A comfortable couch is beside the built in bookcases where Susan keeps her quilting patterns and books. This is the only quilt Susan had quilted by someone else. It made her realize she wanted to enjoy the process of quilting from beginning to end. This and three graduation quilts propelled her to get a long arm.