QS-Featured Quilter

Jane Szabo


Jane started sewing at age nine, making a drawstring bag in 4-H. She says she enjoyed sewing so much that she didn’t stop! This led to her majoring in Home Economics at Purdue University. In the 1980s she had a crafting business. One of her projects was to make “quilt-like” lids for baskets—without the help of rotary cutters and mats. When she discovered these gadgets and others at the Puyallup Sewing Expo, she was sold!


Jane says her first quilt was from the Fons and Porter “Love of Quilting” magazine—a rooster design that almost made her quit. She conquered the “beast” and finished it but states that it was a little wavy!


After moving to Waldport in 2003, Jane joined OCQG. She didn’t wait long before jumping in to help, serving as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Quilt Show Co-Chair, as well as working on numerous committees.


“I’m a machine quilter and mostly stick to making tops, leaving the actual quilting to others,” Jane says. She likes all types, especially intricate designs but also traditional patterns, miniatures, and an occasional art quilt. Jane’s husband Jim, who has assisted at numerous quilt shows, wants to add that he is her quality control inspector. As an engineer, he encourages her to rip out and re-make when the points don’t match!

Jane achieved a bucket list goal of having a quilt at a major quilt show this year. Her “miniature Madness” was accepted as a semi-finalist at the 2022 AQS Paducah, Kentucky quilt show.

Jane states that she has learned a lot from our members and our workshops. We honor her, our 24th Featured Quilter!