|"I have always lived in Ohio," reveals Marilyn Wagner of Quilts-N-Critters, "and I have been crafting for as long as I can remember."
Residing in Middletown, Ohio with her husband and menagerie of animals, she spends her days creating bears. When she is not at home working or in her studio creating her next bear, she enjoys a bit of line dancing and biking.
"Throughout my life, I've cross-stitched, tried crocheting, latch rugs and was always looking or something special. Then finally about fifteen years ago, I decided to try my hand at quilting. I've always loved quilts."
She bought a quilting book and taught herself. She was addicted to it. "I liked it so much that I started a long-arm quilting business out of my home."
Five years after that, she found her way into bear making by combining her two passions (quilting and teddy bears) and became Quilts-N-Critters.
"Honestly, I don't have time now for quilting!" Making teddy bears keeps her days fully occupied.
"I currently make bears, bunnies and cats, and plan to make other critters like dogs in the future."
Marilyn has some experience with dogs as she was a groomer for five years. Now she draws on those grooming skills to add character to her bears by scissor sculpting.
"I don't like to be rushed, so I typically make only around forty bears a year."