Introducing: Edie Wait

I have met Edie a couple of times and she is just a fun, colorful lady! She is very creative and is quick to laugh and smile. She is a fun addition to the Handi Quilter team.

Artist Statement – Be You Quilt
Here is the story of how my “Be You” quilt was born. When I decided to participate in Handi Quilter’s Black and White Quilt challenge I searched the internet for inspiration. I spent hours and days looking and just couldn’t find anything that spoke to me. As it turns out, I didn’t have to search the internet! I
just had to look at what was right in front of me. I retired in 2021 and spent most of the summer on my deck when I was not quilting for my customers. I armed myself with iced tea and You Tube to see if I could draw a face. No one in particular, just a face. As my drawing journey progressed, I broke out the watercolors…I just couldn’t live with black and white. All the abstract faces I had drawn just HAD TO HAVE COLOR! When I decided to join in on the Black and White Challenge, I took one of my drawings and made it into an applique! I digitized the name of the quilt and then quilted it in the background using metallic thread from Superior Threads. I then zentangled (free motion quilted) the background and each section of her hair. I also used couching to define each section of her hair…all on my Amara 20! The Black and White Challenge has been an interesting journey for me as I usually use many colors, prints and textures in my quilts…the more the merrier!

Artist Statement – Frequency Quilt
I knew I would make more than one quilt once I decided to participate in Handi Quilter’s Black and
White Quilt Challenge. When I spied the Frequency pattern by Desert Bloom at Designer Fabrics in
Carrington, North Dakota, I knew this would be my next quilt. I fell in love with the movement in the
pattern and knew it would be the perfect for showcasing an edge-to-edge design I digitized using Pro-Stitcher Designer. I love the way my digitized design mimics the movement of the pattern. I pulled things from my stash…I had plenty of black and white as I’m usually all about the color! The Black and White Challenge has been an interesting journey for. I normally use as many colors, prints and textures as possible in my quilts…the more the merrier! This quilt was quite the challenge for me as I had not yet attempted half rectangle triangles…all those bias edges and points to match!! I didn’t let all edges or points deter me…I just jumped in and went to work. I am quite pleased with the outcome. I hope this quilt brings you joy and inspires you to just jump in a go to work…take a chance and try something new. Who knows you may surprise yourself! Happy quilting!

Learn More About Edie

Edie has dabbled in many arts and crafts while raising her son and going to college. She was also a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard for more than 21 years. Her career in the North Dakota Army National Guard ranged from part-time soldier to a full-time position at the Pentagon. One day she decided she wanted to make a quilt for her son for Christmas and discovered her true passion. She wanted to finish her own quilts and purchased her first Handi Quilter machine in 2012, the HQ Sixteen®. She started her home business, CountryPolitan Quilting that same year and has not looked back. Many free motion quilts later, she discovered Pro-Stitcher® and knew she just had to have it. Edie enjoys discovering the capabilities of a new software. In 2019 she upgraded to an HQ Avanté® with Pro-Stitcher, and in 2022 to an HQ Amara® with Pro-Stitcher. Today she uses free motion, rulers, Pro-Stitcher, and Pro-Stitcher Designer when she creates everything from an edge-to-edge design to custom designs for her customers. She loves
the freedom to create that Pro-Stitcher and Pro-Stitcher Designer have brought to her successful business.

Edie loves passing on her passion and knowledge about all aspects of quilting to her students. She teaches classes at two different shops in North Dakota. Her curriculum ranges from piecing to longarm quilting for both beginner and advanced quilters. She is also versatile with her teaching platforms. She can teach private, individual classes, Zoom classes, and group/event classes. Her quilting profile includes projects ranging from designing an original piecing pattern to customized digital quilting designs. She is the mother of one son and grandmother to one granddaughter and lives in North Dakota.

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