Since sewing her clothes as a teenager and earning a college degree as a Home Economics teacher, Mary Ann Schmidt has continuously worked with textiles. Being married to a geologist, who traveled extensively, provided Mary Ann with quilting contacts from a variety of places and cultures. She connected with the Colorado Quilting Council and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum soon after moving there from the Midwest. While living in a community outside of Denver, she worked at a volunteer fire department and drove an ambulance. This led to the opening of her business, Thread Bear Co., and the beginning of the quilting group, the Mountain Mavericks, which meets weekly in her home.

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