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Some of my buddies from Africa
Lori Heinís Autobiography

I was born and raised in San Jose, California close to the mountains and the ocean where blossoming fruit orchards and sunshine were both plentiful. I have loved art, music and being outdoors for as long as I can remember. Quilting for me combines two out of the three. Most of my quilt designs originate from the beauty of nature and my love for drawing and designing.

I was first introduced to quilting in 1983 when I was a young mother of three living on my husbandís family homestead. This wheat farm in Fairfield, Washington is 30 miles from civilization. As a newcomer to the area, I was invited to join a quilt group to meet other moms. I honestly went for socialization and didnít think Iíd have the patience for quilting. I did love playing with the colors and block designs though. It wasnít long until I was hooked. The more comfortable I got with quilting the more I changed, tweaked or added to each pattern I tried.

In 1999 , with my kids mostly raised, I began working at The Quilting Bee in Spokane, Washington part time. I loved being surrounded by new fabric, new quilt ideas and people. I began teaching classes a few years later and designing more of my own quilt patterns. In 2005 Cool Water Quilts was born.

The last few years Iíve had the pleasure of teaching quilt classes on cruises to Alaskaís Inside Passage and to New England. This summer I will be traveling to Mozambique, Africa to teach quilting to the older girls at an orphanage. I hope to show them a life skill that they can use to hopefully support themselves when they leave the orphanage.

When Iím not quilting I love to spend time with my family. I am fortunate enough to have all three of my married children, spouses and grandchildren living in the same town. I am now a city dweller again and loving it.
Hubbard Glacier, Alaskan Cruise
Nova Scotia - Public Market
New England Cruise
New England Memory Quilt Winner
Bar Harbor Maine