Dorie Hruska was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Currently she lives in Highlandville, Missouri, with her husband and two teenage children.
Although she had been sewing for many years, Dorie pieced and quilted her first quilt, a Lone Star Pattern, at the age of 15, as a surprise gift to her mom. After graduating from college with a degree in Business Admin/Accounting and starting her career, she got into garment making on the side. This lead to a love of fabric. In her early 20’s, she started piecing quilt tops regularly. In August of 2002, just after giving birth to her second child, she purchased her first Longarm quilting machine (Gammill) and started quilting for customers three weeks later. Dorie continued working fulltime as an Accountant for another year. At that time she left her job to stay home with her two small children and quilt full time.
Dorie’s quilts have been exhibited nationally and she has won numerous ribbons at both local and national quilt shows. Dorie’s work has been featured on the cover of On Track magazine, IMQA Wall calendar and in other authors’ books. Although her style is mostly traditional, she focuses on creating intense texture in all her quilts.
In 2006, after discovering a love for Hexagons, she started designing patterns and teaching classes on her method of hand piecing hexagon designs. Her quilt, Flourishing Garden, featuring layered hexagon has won multiple awards including Best Machine quilting at the Ozark Piecemakers 2011 quilt show in Springfield Missouri.
In addition to teaching classes on Machine Quilting & EPP Hexagons and giving trunk shows, Dorie enjoys filling her time quilting for others on her APQS Longarm quilting machine.
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