Bio - Rita Meyerhoff has been a self-taught sewer and crafter since she was a young girl, particularly cross-stitch and hand embroidery. In 1993, making her first sampler block quilt, Rita began to focus on quilt related activities. In 2005 after moving from Arizona to Colorado and beginning Crazy Quilt classes, she realized her previous experience prepared her for this new craft. Her love of embroidery had found a new niche! In 2006 Rita began free motion quilting on her new Bernina and loved the idea of finishing her own quilts. These previous experiences culminated in 2008 with a purchase of a long arm machine and starting her own business, Heaven’s Quilts LLC. Rita enjoys creating Crazy Quilts: anything from full size quilts to wall hangings to pin cushions.

Rita has taught quilting classes and demonstrated quilting throughout Colorado and is a regular teacher at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. She has taught a wide range of classes from project-oriented to technique classes such as Free Motion Quilting and Crazy Quilting. In recent years Rita opened a store that focuses mainly on Crazy Quilt supplies (lace, trims, buttons, beads, flowers, appliques) and recently started an online shop on Etsy to sell the popular items she carries in her store.

Rita has won awards and recognition for many of her quilts: at local quilt shows in Colorado, the display of a hand-embellished Crazy Quilt which was accepted into the juried Houston International Quilt show (2015), and the exhibition of her Crazy Quilt piece in the "Thread Room" at the Denver Art Museum. Rita was the featured quilter at the annual Chadron Festival of Quilts in Chadron, Nebraska, themed “Still Crazy After 25 Years” (2019). There, Rita spoke on the art of making crazy quilts, conducted a walking tour of quilts, and taught three workshops on various aspects of crazy quilting.

In her spare time, Rita is a regular volunteer and docent at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, which is visited by quilters from all over the world. To support the Museum’s fund-raising efforts, she has custom quilted four of their annual raffle quilts including their raffle quilt for 2018. Rita donates her time supporting the collection needs of the museum and helping with special events, including the annual spring fund raiser, Fabric and Friends. Rita also donates her time to help quilt community quilts and Quilts of Valor for Columbine Quilt Guild in Arvada.

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Rita's Etsy Shop