top of page

Susan Ainsworth Smith

of Kelly Creek Studio

Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Date June 2018

Susan is awesome.  She talks to us about her quilting life, including having a long-arm business.

Here is her autobiography:

Hello! I’m Susan Ainsworth Smith and I’m the owner and quilter of Kelly Creek Studio. My husband and I live in the Portland, Oregon area and are grateful for the beautiful surroundings of the state.

What do I like to do?  Quilt, walk, cook, read, and spend time with family and friends.  I’m lucky that both of my daughters are quilters too.

I’m a member of several local guilds in addition to meeting weekly with a group of women for sewing and quilting. I enjoy working with the guild to provide donation quilts to various organizations in the Portland area.

At Kelly Creek Studio, I do all of the machine quilting myself using an Innova long arm quilting machine.  My quilting style is hand-guided free-motion quilting and edge-to-edge designs using Pantovision or paper patterns. Custom quilting can include stitch-in-the-ditch, ruler work, and set-in designs.  I have been longarm machine quilting for over 17 years and a quilter for more than 30.  Before my quilting years, I was a sewist making garments for myself and my 2 daughters."








Mother of Camille

Red Snappers

bottom of page