About the quilter

Hi I’m Elaine  a.k.a. Yane, Nana Yane and I am ever so pleased to make your acquaintance!


I sew for preemie and at risk babies as a way to cope with the loss of my Daughter Natalia…she died way back in 1989 of a heart defect, I think of her every day and as I make quilts and lovies for tiny babies who’s moms may not have anything for them to wear or snuggle in I think of Nat, I dedicate all I do for wee little ones to her.  Nat mommy loves you to this day and thinks of you all the time! 🙂
I’m 42 going on 97…less than 1/2 way done, got lots to still do!

I’m from Minnesota. I’m Swedish, Irish, a bit of German and a frappe of a few other Northern European countries. I have 2 daughters. Tabitha Ann was born in 1987. Jazmin Celiia was born in 1990. I lost my daughter Natalia Tatiana to a heart defect; hypoplastic left heart syndrom in 1989. Tabitha had my grandson sweet Oliver in 2004.

the ladies

I learned how to quilt in 1990 while on bed rest trying not to have my youngest daughter Jazmin too soon. A in home nurse who helped me with my 3-year old Tabitha taught me. I made Jazmin’s bunny quilt totally by hand since sitting at my sewing machine wasn’t an option at the time. Since then I’ve made about 60 quilts of assorted sizes, mostly patchwork a few appliqué’. I work full time now, my sweet babies are adults and I’m a grandma now but the quilt bug raises its pin prickly head almost daily still. I quilt mostly for charities: God’s Tiny Angels in West Virginia, Project Linus Greater Twin Cities, Heart Babies in Minneapolis, Home for the Brave, Benjamin Smiles at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis…I want to give…make someone warm, comfortable, feel OK for the moment even if all around them is chaos. 🙂 Must be a momma thing, I want everyone to be happy and OK!


I work in a small plastic injection molding plant (about 9 miles from home) as the Document Control administrator (chick) and industrial photographer. I’m also one of the ISO internal auditors. I’ve worked here since 1999. Once a month I make the company newsletter…it is ever so fun to be insanely creative!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005 after living with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythmatosis.  It is a double edged sword to be living life like you have something when you have something totally different.  they’re both rather tiring, pardon the pun.  I push myself to do everything I do.  Laying in bed with the heating pad nearby and a few pain killers would be so nice and simple, but I have to work, have to be a mom, have to be a nana…want to be a quilter, want to be an artist.  Unfortunately the quilting and creativity usually sit there and glare meanly at me when I’m just in too much pain or too tired to move.  Sad to say muscle relaxers are my friend, but only in the evening after work, momma-ing, nana-ing and dutiful wife-ing are complete.

For fun my girls (when they have time, now that they are grown) and I scrap book, collage, decoupage, paint (acrylic) sketch, sculpt, well just about anything fun and crafty. We go for nature hikes throughout the year to experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the plethora of local flora and fauna when allergies and biting insects don’t stop us. I like reading true murder mysteries and anything by Stephen King and Dean Koonze. I also like watching DVDs at home, mostly mysteries, action adventure and spooky movies. When I’m left to my own devices I like CSI, Law & Order, stuff on the Discovery Channel, um, stuff along those lines. I also really like the stand up comics and The Daily Show with John Stewart! I love to laugh! In the summer the kids, mine and whose ever’s are around, make my current vehicle into an ART Car (truck, SUV, whatever) For silliness we enter it into whatever art car parade we can get to. Oh to be that flamboyant, + it seems to REALLY irritate some people for some reason… go figure!?!?!

1st one done wallypaper

I paint guitar bodies with all sorts of lovely abstracts, bits of surrealism in bright fabulous color…my lovely man then builds the guitars into functional instruments. One day perhaps we’ll even sell a few.

jumping the broom

I was handfasted to my sweet soul mate on the 9th of June 2007. He found me on the Internet on loveaccess.com cool huh? An Internet relationship that actually worked! We’ve been together officially since November 2006. His name’s Jim…and he’s dandy!

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