Amanda Abelman

Amanda in her sewing room on the lower level of her West Fargo home. This tidy room has two sewing machines and two design walls. One machine belongs to Amanda’s mom and quilting mentor, Mary Belcourt. Mary introduced Amanda to quilting 8 years ago, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Many of Amanda’s quilts go to lucky family members. They always include a personalized label.

Before Covid, Amanda and her mom joined a quilting tour to Iceland. The tour was led by Gudrun Erla Gisladottir, a quilt pattern designer and owner of GE Designs in Chanhassen, MN. This small quilt pictured below was a project Erla developed for the tour. Amanda added the sheep.

Amanda is a teacher at the Small Wonders Child Care. When they have a Dr. Suess week, this quilt goes to school, much to the children’s delight.

Making bags is a favorite activity. The one below was her first. More bags followed!

One of Amanda’s latest projects is the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota’s 2017 raffle quilt. Her mother, of course, is assisting. For more assistance, Amanda could call on three other QGND members in her family: aunts Susanne Silbernagel and Peggy Lattimore, and cousin Virginia Monson. Her late grandmother, Cecelia Orth, was also a sewer.