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Marianne L. Hatton
Marianne can barely recall a time when she hasnít sewn. 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! It seemed right and proper then that 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 donít know they have within themselves! Besides quilting, Marianne enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. Marianne was born in South Africa. She and her husband came to the United States in 1977. They first lived in Madison, Wisconsin, where Marianne began her quilting pursuits, and they now reside in Sudbury, Massachusetts. They have two grown sons and one opportunistic cat who, like all other quiltersí cats, seems to think the quilts are made solely with her best interests in mind.