Louise Handley, a fifth generation Oregonian, was born and educated in Portland, Oregon, She learned to sew on her mother’s old treadle sewing machine, and was introduced to quilting by her paternal grandmother, who taught her to make sturdy, utilitarian quilts from used clothing and fabric scraps. As an adult, she refined her quilting skills and began designing
and making her own quilts.

A self-taught decorative and textile artist and longtime teacher, Louise has been recognized nationally for her decorative art, including the honor in 1994 and again in 2004 of having her original hand painted Christmas ornament displayed on the White House Christmas tree. In 2004, she was invited to the White House for an artist’s reception, meeting Laura Bush, touring the beautifully decorated historic building, and attending a lavish buffet.

Each year since 1999 she has designed and created 75-100 old fashioned paper and lace valentines for Coos Bay, Oregon’s Gold Coast Chorus’s Singing Valentines fund raiser. In 1980, after a rigorous testing program, she received the prestigious certification of the National Society of Decorative Artists, an organization promoting education and excellence in the field of decorative art. She is a member of Designing Women, a West Coast group of artists dedicatedto excellence in the fiber arts. Louise is listed in the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 editions of Who’s Who of American Women, the 2009-2010 edition of Who’s Who in America, and the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in the World. Her quilting history has been recorded by The Alliance For American Quilts at The American Folklife Center, and is archived in the Library of Congress.

Having a life long interest in quilting instilled by her
grandmother, it was a natural occurrence to incorporate her artistic and quilting skills to create many award winning quilts. When she is not painting or quilting, you will find her in her garden, which regularly attracts gardeners, photographers and tours. One day while placing photos in her family album, the idea of fabric silhouettes came to mind.

The mother of four grown children, she is also Grandma to four granddaughters. She lives with her husband of 52 years, Dick, on the south coast of Oregon. Silhouettes From the Family Album is her first book.

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