Nancy Begin has been making heirloom quilts for over 15 years. Having tried her hand at many types of crafts (sewing since age 9, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, cake decorating, and macramé) she has finally settled on quilting. At any given time you will find multiple quilts in progress with different patterns and colors abounding.
Nancy grew up in Saco, Maine, the 2nd of 6 children and the oldest daughter. She remembers asking Santa for fabric one Christmas to make a new outfit. Under the tree that year was enough wool to make slacks, a skirt, reversible vest, and a wonderful navy cape lined in red!!! Another Christmas Nancy made purple velvet jumpers for herself and for her two sisters. Nancy continued to sew her own clothing all through high school, including the creation of her senior prom dress.
She married her high school sweetheart, Will, in 1975 and fashioned her wedding gown complete with lots of lace trim. Along came three sons in the next five years and money being tight, many baby and toddler clothes were stitched, knitted, and crocheted. Matching flannel snap shirts were made for the boys and daddy.
In the early 90’s Nancy’s friend Wanda introduced her to quilts. … And quilt fabric! … And quilt patterns! As her sons each received bed quilts, Will was left wondering when his turn would come—he is a hunter and son Bill helped design a 10-point buck to quilt into every other square. Quilts have been made for family, friends, for donations and raffles.
Nancy’s boys grew up and began having children of their own—now reaching a total of seven grandchildren who all needed to be snuggled under a warm personalized quilt!
In the last 17 years, Nancy has developed her professional skills in office management and has begun doing independent consulting and computer training, assisting dentists in managing their practices.
Never having a full enough plate, Nancy has created Rainbow Dyes, a full line of hand-dyed cotton fabrics. She is currently working on a line of specialty quilts that will be personalized for clients. Future plans include a pattern line, quilt book, and live classes and seminars.