Lara Madison

of Madison Quilting and Yarns, LLC

            Twelve years ago, I was on a completely different career track.  With a Harvard PhD in microbiology and ten years as a scientist in start-ups, my path seemed set.   I did not have any plan to deviate from my successful career.  Then life happened.  My new husband, spun a tail of life on the land back in his native Nebraska.  I had never been to Nebraska; but he had an alternative plan of early retirement and kids. 

            We have been blessed with two wonderful girls and the time and money to raise them as we desired.  The girls are more and more independent.  I now have the time to engage my creative side. 

            Even while I was working sixty hours a week in industry, I found the time to quilt.  I was pregnant with my second child as we transitioned from New England to Nebraska.  I did not know a soul when we arrived in Nebraska; so I took the opportunity to teach myself to knit.  Knitting led to spinning, spinning led to weaving….  Now I am totally engrossed in the fiber arts. 

            Northwest Nebraska is a hidden gem in more than one way.  Beyond the beauty of the Pine Ridge, there is a rich tradition in the fiber arts I had no idea existed.  

I am blessed to have moved my business from our basement into brick and mortar store on 2nd Street in Chadron, NE. Now the challenge is how to combine my love of quilting and creating fiber arts with teaching classes and retail.

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