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Marie’s interest in quilting began in the late ’70s while tent camping in Vermont with her husband, Jim. She would visit quilt shops and bring back a book or two to the campsite. Finally in the early ’80s the quilt bug bit hard. In 1986, Marie retired after 30 years in the educational system. Of course, as is typical with new quilters, the first quilts were gifts for others. Marie began teaching quilting in Florida in 1987, at craft and quilt shops. That led to her designing original patterns for classes. As the demand grew to have them available on the commercial market, Katie’s Tulip became her first published pattern in 1990. Since then she has published over 40 original patterns. It was also in 1990 that Marie started her own business under the name of Katie Lane Quilts. Katie Lane was the name of the street she and her husband lived on in Orlando, Florida. Between teaching, lecturing, designing, and publishing patterns as well as a self-published book, “Stained Glass Techniques-Art Work in Fabric,” the business kept growing. Marie has appeared on “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson and on “America Sews” with Sue Hausman. She has written articles that appeared in “Traditional Quiltworks” and “The Professional Quilter.” After Marie’s husband retired in 2001, they, along with Katie Lane Quilts, moved to Amherst, New Hampshire.