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Suzanne Marshall traces her development as a quilter to a library book and her collection of fabric scraps, gathered through many years of making clothes. Her first quilts were utilitarian, increasing in size with the growth of her children. In the mid-1980s this self-taught quilter begin to design decorative quilts. She entered her first local contest in 1985 and her first national competition in 1988. She has received many coveted awards, among them a first place in professional appliqué and the Gingher Award for Best Hand Workmanship at American Quilter's Society shows; grand prizes for three consecutive years from Better Homes and Gardens Books, awarded at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas; and first prize at Quilt Expo III in the Hague, Holland. Her quilt SOUL OF MEDIEVAL ITALY was featured in an exhibit at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. Suzanne was born in Joplin, Missouri, and moved to Huntsville, Texas, at the age of 10. After completing her degree in elementary education at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she taught elementary school in Arcadia, California, and New York City. After moving to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1966, she devoted her attention to her husband, Garland, and their family of three sons and a daughter.