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Superior Stars: Mary Vaneecke

Posted: 28 August 2015 at 6 a.m.

Mary Vaneecke specializes in 3D quilting (incredible quilts that pop right out at you!).  Today, we’re pleased to share with you one of Mary’s masterpieces, inspired by Susan McCord’s 1880s applique quilt, the Vine Quilt.  This beautiful quilt won the 2010 Handiquilter Longarm Quilting Award in Paducah, KY.

Vine Quilt

We had a chance to get to know Mary a little better in an interview recently.

How did you get started quilting?

My sister Nanci got me started on a round-robin Seminole quilt project about a dozen years ago.  That quilt is still in pieces, but I was hooked.  I started another quilt right away, a bright one with simple cat blocks, and became kind of obsessed.  Within 2 years I started a longarm quilting business.

How many yards of fabric would you estimate are in your fabric stash?  

Oh, at least $100 worth (This is a joke, HaHa!).  

How many spools/cones of thread do you have in your thread stash?


Okay, eleven DRAWERS full of thread.  Longarm quilters, as I am sure you are aware, collect thread like quilters collect fabric.  

What hobbies do you have outside of quilting?

I teach quilting, and I like to travel.  I hang out with my husband and our cats Gizmo, Django, and Iggy.   

What are your favorite thread lines?

This is a tough one, because I use Superior Threads pretty much exclusively, and I use a lot of different threads, depending on the project.  I love King Tut for the short color change and low lint (thank goodness for ELS cotton), Rainbows for the gorgeous luster, the fine Kimono for those dense background fills (who doesn't love silk on general principle).  I love Bottom Line for keeping lint down and stitch quality high.

What is being planned next?

I just published my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts and I am spending a lot of time this year teaching and spreading the word about that.  

See more of Mary’s incredible quilting artwork on her website,

Images courtesy of Mary Vaneecke

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