Our Featured Quilter for 2017 is Foothill Quilters member, Beth Handy Foust.
Beth is a local award-winning longarm quilter, teacher, quilt show judge, and innovative and creative quilter.
Beth's reaction to having her children grown and out of the house was to get some books and teach herself how to quilt. When she found and joined the local guild, Foothill Quilters Guild, her quilting stepped up a notch. Finding others who shared her passion, and who were a great source of information and encouragement, made her quilting journey take off. She soon decided she wanted her quilting projects to be entirely her own work, which led her to longarm quilting. She now own two longarms and teaches longarm quilting. Her students really enjoy her classes and her unique teaching style. She teaches a variety of Longarm Machine Quilting classes, including Machine Basics; Free motion – beginning, intermediate, and advanced; Ruler Work; Feathers; and various sampler classes.
Giving back to the guild that had helped her was a natural step. Over the past several years, she has served as Vice President, President, Quilt Show Judging Chair, and Quilt Show Chair. Since 1999 she has quilted two or more Community Service quilts every month. As a member of the Northern California Quilt Council (NCQC) she has served as Assistant Director, membership chairperson, and chair of New Quilts of California. She has been active in facilitating Meet the Teachers for the past 3 years, and has served on the panels for “How To Put On a Successful Quilt Show” and “The Ins and Outs of Judging.”
In 2012 she completed the West Coat Judging Academy Course and became a quilt show judge. She has been active as a quilt judge at county fairs and quilt guilds, often being asked back more than one year. She has won ribbons for her own work and has been the quilter of several quilts that won Best of Show and other awards.
Beth lives in Applegate and in her spare time is a general contractor in her own construction firm, Beth's Construction.