Susan Cleveland    February 13,


My enthusiasm for quilting is said to be contagious! In classes, I work toward keeping an upbeat setting, providing well-written instructions, and attending to each student with personalized coaching. My quilts have received many awards in international competitions since 1997 where judges comment on fine workmanship and original style. With unique designs I'm thrilled to include charming, unexpected elements such as specialty threads, prairie points, piping, and great binding techniques. I invented the Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool which is used to trim piping seam allowances and the Prairie Pointer pressing tool. In 2010 I was delighted to be named Minnesota Quilter of the Year! 

I live on 70 acres in southeastern Minnesota with my hubby. Both of our incredibly smart, talented children, have graduated from college and are gainfully employed. Yeah!

Thanks for visiting!

Quilt on! – Susan


(IQF = International Quilt Festival, AQS = American Quilter’s Society, NQA = National Quilting Association, MQ = Minnesota Quilters)

  • Flowered & Feathered Frenzy: first place AQS Paducah 2017, first place IQF Houston 2016, second place MQ 2016

  • Psychedelic Big Bang: third place IQF 2010 Houston, second place AQS show - Paducah, several awards at NQA show Columbus 2011 (first place small quilt mixed techniques, Best Use of Embellishment, Best of Show Small Quilt)

  • Hidden Tikis: finalist AQS 2007

  • Bouncin': first place IQF 2005, best of show-wall quilt MQ 2005, third place AQS 2005

  • Carnival Star: finalist IQF 2003, second place AQS 2004, first place MQ 2004, first place Quilting on the Waterfront 2004, third place NQA 2005

  • Kauai Chicken Star: finalist AQS 2004

  • Spangled Star Banner: second place IQF 2002, second place MQ 2002, third place AQS 2003, first place NQA 2004

  • Twirling Tassels: first place IQF 2001, Second place MQ 2001, finalist AQS 2002, first place Quilt America! 2002

  • Party of Three: Best of Show Wall Quilt MQ 2000, first place IQF 2000, first place AQS 2001

  • Pretty Flaky: first place IQF 1999, finalist AQS 2000, third place MQ 1999

  • Opposites Complement: third place MQ 1998, finalist IQF 2001

  • Celestial Chocolate: first place MQ 1997

Darin’s Slitherin’ Snakes: Teacher’s Choice Award and Judge’s Choice Award MQ 1997, finalist AQS 19



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