Mary Hertel

Mary HertelMary grew up in a small rural farming community in Wisconsin, where food was homemade and clothes were hand-sewn. This fueled a passion that has stayed with her ever since: the passion to create. Add to that a degree in art, 35 years of experience as an art instructor in the Fox Valley, and a lifetime of sewing skills, and Mary had the perfect combination to become a pattern designer. After retiring from her teaching career, she started dabbling with foundation piecing, inspired by the crazy quilts from the ‘70s. She has been hooked ever since! Mary’s doctrine is, “The day does not seem complete if I have not created something!” It didn’t take long to discover that she wanted to share her designs. Mary currently has over 50 patterns in print and hundreds of paper-pieced block designs. Her designs are whimsical and will make you smile, perhaps a nod to all those years teaching children’s art.

Mary lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she enjoys sewing, knitting, hiking, biking, and spending time with her two adult children, Jesi and Brady.

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