If there is such a thing as a quilting gene, Teresa Coenen inherited it from both sides of her family.  Quilting at the knees (literally) of her great-grandmother, Teresa began her journey with hand-piecing and hand-quilting.  With the direction of a (very particular) granny and a (slap it together) grandma, Teresa learned that there is a time for perfection and a time for quicky quilting.  Her original designs include both influences.  Known primarily for her faith-based designs, Teresa (and her quilts) have travelled all over the country (and a few other countries) to share her quilting faith journey with others.  As a retired educator and life-long drama queen, Teresa also conducts classes (in character) using her original quilt designs.  Don’t be surprised to see a wild, zany character in one of her classes – and be ready to have FUN!  

Teresa owns a small quilt shop, Stitchin’ Tree Quilts, and quilt retreat (sleeps 9) in southwest Iowa.  Quilters stay at the retreat and have 24-hour access to the shop, often cutting fabric and picking up notions in their pajamas.  Teresa’s shop is the playground for her quilt designs, and the fabrics carried in the shop find their way into her original designs and kits.  Stitchin’ Tree individual quilt patterns, block-of-the-month quilt patterns and project patterns are carried by shops across the nation, in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.  When she’s not in the shop, you can find Teresa vending and teaching at shows across the country.  Teresa’s quilts and products have been featured in many magazines and publications.

Teresa & her husband, Randy, live and farm near Woodbine, Iowa.  She has three children and six grandchildren.  Her two oldest granddaughters (ages 10 and 6) have both completed quilts (of course!).  It’s funny, but the oldest is very particular, like Teresa’s granny, and the youngest is in to speed, like Teresa’s grandma.  So, the quilting bug must be genetic!