Hello – You have reached the blog of Heather Mulder Peterson. I’m a quilt pattern and fabric designer, working under the business name of Anka’s Treasures. We hope you’ll stop by often and leave a little more inspired!
I began quilting as a freshman in college and found myself immediately addicted. I soon began pursuing my quilting as a possible career. I’ve been in business since 1996, starting small while working on my sophomore year in college. I initially did custom machine quilting and published a few patterns. Once I graduated, I began designing full time, doing books, patterns and fabric, along with lecturing and teaching. I am currently working on my 30th book, have done numerous single patterns and am completing my 20th fabric collection. The designs in my books and patterns are geared to the average busy quilter and many have several tricks that make them easier to assemble than they first appear.
My business is named after my Great Grandma, Anka Petersen. She was an inspirational person to me for many reasons. First of all, she got my Mom sewing, who in turn got me sewing. She was 98 when she died, almost blind, living in an apartment by herself, and still able to totally take care of herself. She was in good health and so sharp mentally. I can’t remember what I did yesterday, yet she could rattle off telephone numbers from when she was a telephone operator in the 1930’s. I wish I could have inherited her memory! Instead I inherited her love of working with her hands. We both loved to be busy, sewing, knitting, gardening, crafting, reading, cooking, etc. I not only cherished her for all these reasons, but also for her great outlook on life. She had lived through so many hardships, yet she remained a woman of great faith and encouragement.
My husband Joel and I live near Spicer, MN. We have two young sons – Carter and Maxwell. I have a studio above our garage and office out of our home. Our home is on a lake so we love summer and spending time outside on the water. We also enjoy biking, playing pickleball and doing house projects. In the winter we enjoy reading and watching the MN Timberwolves. My other hobbies include knitting and doing handwork.