Welcome to the Adventures of ColQuilts!

Hello! My name is Colleen and quilting is my passion! And so is fitness and running, hiking, cooking, and reading! Hovering at the half century mark, I have embarked on a journey of new growth the past few years. I’ve been working on improving my free motion quilting skills and have had quilts in Machine Quilter’s Exposition (MQX) which is a nationally juried quilt show. It was quite an honor to have my quilts accepted and I even won a faculty ribbon !

I have always been a bit of a klutz so when my friend, Genn, suggested I join her for a Zumba class, I thought she was crazy! Yet, it was a life altering event for me. I became a Zumba and fitness groupie, expanding my classes to include RIPPED and POUND. You can find me most evenings at ZLifestyle classes at the Clarkstown Reformed Church. I was inspired further by my friend, Jane, when she ran a triathlon. I decided if she could do that I could try to run a race. So I ran my first race with my daughter, Deven, and my husband, Michael, in November 2013. It was an amazing feeling pushing myself and challenging my body to cross that finish line! A year and a half later, I just finished my first half marathon!

Hiking is another love of mine and it is a family affair. Luckily, we’ve passed that love onto our kids! Even our dog, Tucker, loves to go with us. Mike and I decided to try to climb the tallest peak in each state. So far we’ve accomplished Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Mount Marcy in New York. Mount Katahdin in Maine is our goal for this year!

I plan to use this blog as a way to share mainly my love of quilting but will occasionally interject a post or two about a hike,  a fitness event, a great recipe or family fun! I hope you’ll follow along!

Where beautiful quilts are finished!
Where beautiful quilts are finished!

Computerized Quilting

Turkey Trot - Nov 2013
Turkey Trot – Nov 2013
We made it to the top!
We made it to the top!

5 thoughts on “Welcome to the Adventures of ColQuilts!

  1. Your quilts are beautiful! What a great role model and inspiration for your kids…and others. I hope you get to hike in Rocky Mt National park one day. My husband and I loved it! Looks to me as you are entering your second adulthood. ..fine tuning old passions and experiencing the joy of new things! Way to go, my friend!!


  2. At 53, I’ve just recently starting making quilts and I’m still learning a lot. It started with the idea of making a quilt for my mother as she navigates treatments for lung cancer. I’ve now completed three baby quilts and am in the process of making another lap quilt. I’ve got a pretty old Singer so the actual quilting is not very elaborate but I’m doing ok. I would love to send a quilt out to a ‘long arm quilter’ just to see how much of a difference it would make.

    I’m also into running and completed my first Half marathon last October. I have my second coming up in a few weeks…funny how much we have in common 😀

    I’d love to see more of the quilts you’ve made if you have a chance to post more pictures.


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