Jane Nannestad and Suzanne Hebert call themselves “Quiet Joy,” which reflects the feelings they experience doing fiber arts, from traditional quilts to vintage-inspired items.

Jane’s interest in the art began in the 4H program when she was 11.

“My mother embroidered, and I started to do small projects,” she said.

For Suzanne, her interest began when she began sewing her own clothes at the age of 9.

“My mom was a home economics teacher.”

Both women are on the boards for the Friendship Quilt Guild of Montrose and the Black Canyon Quilt Show.

“We share with all of the wonderful ladies in both of these organizations the success of the Montrose Center for the Arts in promoting sewing, quilting and fiber arts in our wonderful community,” they said.

“Our partnership, Quiet Joy, was created in the hopes of sharing what we both love to do. Our mission is to bring smiles and fun into this crazy world we live in by getting everyone to slow down and appreciate things that are handmade with love.”

“We are very eclectic in our thought processes,” said Suzanne. “We love beautiful things. I like to do all sorts of things, and have fun.”

They agree that creating and sharing are fun.

“We enjoy repurposing wonderful vintage textiles,” she continued.

The challenge, according to Jane, is “using family heirlooms, because you have to cut them. I’m bringing the old back to life.”

Suzanne added, “Planning and thinking what is the best use of the fabric is the challenge for me.”

For both women, an additional challenge is marketing.

“We need to support our habit/hobby,” Jane said.

“Pricing is also a challenge,” Suzanne added. “I enjoy the making, but need to do the selling.”

Their advice?

“This community is very supportive and responsive. If you have an idea, go for it.”

Quiet Joy is hosting a Spring Artisan Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. This home show will feature “unique, one-of-a-kind handcrafted and vintage-inspired items; rekindled, retro and kitschy linens; hand stitchery; handmade gifts; antiques and more,” according to their flyer.

The show is at 2016 Otter Pond Circle. For more information, contact Jane at jnannestad1947@gmail.com.

Carol McDermott is a freelance correspondent who spotlights the Montrose Center for the Arts.

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