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About

Catherine Marion – Owner, Quilter I came to quilting about 25 years ago after a long history as a seamstress and needlearts fan. As the co-owner of Elegant Counterpanes it is my job, and my pleasure,  to create and stitch the beautiful designs featured on my client quilts. My husband and I are quite thrilled to partner with our clients, and to share our knowledge and experience with so many talented people. We have been honored, over the past 12 years to share in the excitement of many show ribbons with our clients. When I am not busy in my studio with client quilts (or on the rare occasion one of my own),  I stitch charity quilts such as soldier quilts and Linus quilts for my guild as well as quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. I also support both local and international fabric related projects such as dog and cat beds for Williamson County, sani-pad sets and crocheted hats for young women and children in Zimbabwe.  I am always looking for a way to give back to my family, friends and community. Neal Marion – Owner, Pattern Designer While the world of quilts is relatively new to me, I am connected through the design and execution end of our longarm quilting business.  My expertise is designing quilting patterns and digitizing them so that our machine can stitch the custom design.  Our wholecloth heirloom quilts start with my patterns and are then finished with Catherine’s freehand work. My background in graphics software engineering is a great match for our business. The patterns that I digitize are stitched by the Intelliquilter computer assist program on our Gammill Vision 2 longarm quilting machine.  When I’m not working full-time at IBM, or working on patterns for the Intelliquilter, my interests include digital photography, history and travel.  I find that I “see” quilting patterns in almost everything from leaves to ironwork on buildings. Together we enjoy traveling and spending time with our friends as well as with our two 3 year old kitties Wash and Zoe who enjoy running our lives. Why Elegant Counterpanes? Elegant Counterpanes’ name was inspired by a favorite children’s poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.  A counterpane is a British bedspread or quilt.  If you have ever been to Great Britain, you will recognize the "counterpanes" of the stone fences that are a hallmark of the British landscape. The Land of Counterpane -by Robert Louis Stevenson When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay To keep me happy all the day. And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bedclothes, through the hills. And sometimes sent my ships in fleets Up and down among the sheets; Or brought my trees and houses out, And planted cities all about. I was the giant great and still That sits upon the pillow-hill, And sees before him, dale and plain, The pleasant land of counterpane.
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About

Catherine Marion – Owner, Quilter I came to quilting about 25 years ago after a long history as a seamstress and needlearts fan. As the co-owner of Elegant Counterpanes it is my job, and my pleasure,  to create and stitch the beautiful designs featured on my client quilts. My husband and I are quite thrilled to partner with our clients, and to share our knowledge and experience with so many talented people. We have been honored, over the past 12 years to share in the excitement of many show ribbons with our clients. When I am not busy in my studio with client quilts (or on the rare occasion one of my own),  I stitch charity quilts such as soldier quilts and Linus quilts for my guild as well as quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. I also support both local and international fabric related projects such as dog and cat beds for Williamson County, sani-pad sets and crocheted hats for young women and children in Zimbabwe.  I am always looking for a way to give back to my family, friends and community. Neal Marion – Owner, Pattern Designer While the world of quilts is relatively new to me, I am connected through the design and execution end of our longarm quilting business.  My expertise is designing quilting patterns and digitizing them so that our machine can stitch the custom design.  Our wholecloth heirloom quilts start with my patterns and are then finished with Catherine’s freehand work. My background in graphics software engineering is a great match for our business. The patterns that I digitize are stitched by the Intelliquilter computer assist program on our Gammill Vision 2 longarm quilting machine.  When I’m not working full-time at IBM, or working on patterns for the Intelliquilter, my interests include digital photography, history and travel.  I find that I “see” quilting patterns in almost everything from leaves to ironwork on buildings. Together we enjoy traveling and spending time with our friends as well as with our two 3 year old kitties Wash and Zoe who enjoy running our lives. Why Elegant Counterpanes? Elegant Counterpanes’ name was inspired by a favorite children’s poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.  A counterpane is a British bedspread or quilt.  If you have ever been to Great Britain, you will recognize the "counterpanes" of the stone fences that are a hallmark of the British landscape. The Land of Counterpane -by Robert Louis Stevenson When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay To keep me happy all the day. And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bedclothes, through the hills. And sometimes sent my ships in fleets Up and down among the sheets; Or brought my trees and houses out, And planted cities all about. I was the giant great and still That sits upon the pillow-hill, And sees before him, dale and plain, The pleasant land of counterpane.