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Great Falls Seamstress Can Do Much More Than Quilts
Carol Ruland, a local seamstress and owner of the Montana company Quilts and Things, has been focusing on her line of specialty quilts these days, but she has an impressive history of other skills and projects. She began making her own clothes when she was 12 years old and by age 20 was working in a large alterations business. She has been involved in dressmaking, alterations, quilting, and other sewing-related enterprises ever since. In Dillon she owned her own fabric store and now works for JoAnn Fabrics in Great Falls.

One interesting project Carol completed while in Billings was the creation of a wedding dress based upon a music video. You heard that right. Paula Jackson showed her a Guns N Roses video with a wedding dress in it and Carol was able to create something just like it without having a pattern. In fact, she does this regularly. If somebody can show her a picture or a good drawing, she can come up with the pattern in her own mind and go from there. She has done ready-made drapes, special bras for mastectomy patients, custom karate pants, and custom fitted pants for those in a wheelchair.

She now makes personalized baby quilts and leather teddy bears, which you can buy right here on the Made in Montana Catalog. She can make any quilt you can imagine in addition to the ones available online, so don’t hesitate to contact her with your idea.

Another interesting sideline she has started is leather Teddy Bears. As you can imagine, she got the idea one day, and unlike most of us was able to turn her vision into reality in no time. It is a perfect way to put a Montana flavor on the venerable Teddy Bear. We can hardly wait to see what she will come up with next.
Source: Made in Montana News Service

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