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more on modern

Hello all Mary Ellen here.

Since our guild meeting last week with the “modern” visitors, I’ve been looking at my latest magazines and blog subscriptions through a different lens. I’ve been thinking, as I shared in an earlier post about the show and share projects at that meeting, that many “standard” or traditional projects have a modern look, or could easily be modified to look “modern” with just minor tweaking.

This link to a “tweak” of Dresden Plates, one of my favorite blocks, illustrates my point well I think. Before you click on the link get a mental image of a dresden plate block. I’ll bet it’s a fairly “traditional” image you have in mind. Now click on the link to the modern dresdens. Whole new look, but still very recognizable as a dresden. Cool beans, I think.

Modern Dresdens: click here.

Still gathering celebrants in our 40,000 visits party. To enter in the drawings for some very cool prizes, answer this question in your comment below or go back to the “It’s time to celebrate” entry and comment to that one. These are some very nice prizes you’re going for. Hey you lurkers out there, give it a try. We’d like to meet you!

Here’s the fill in the blank for today: I, (your first name) learned to quilt (how or from whom) (how long ago?) Again I’ll go first to get the needle threaded, so to speak!


  1. Mary Ellen says:

    I, Mary Ellen, learned to quilt from my mom, quilt classes, and Fons and Porter in the mid 70’s. I grew up with quilts around the house made by my great grandmother, the Irish needle woman.

  2. Jane says:

    I learned to quilt from Karen Miller in the early 80’s. I did not care much for it at that time, so after 3 quilts; I quit. I did not quilt again until after I retired 2007. At this time I took a class from Joan Rogers… beginning quilting. Then went crazy for quilting.

  3. Paula Foerder says:

    I, Paula, learned to quilt at a quilt shop in New Jersey about 12 years ago. The class used templates and all hand piecing and hand quilting. So glad I learned about rotary cutters and machine piecing and quilting!

  4. Kit Willey says:

    As usual, my lovely husband was on a Carribean sailing junket – no women!, I was on holidays from teaching, read Quilters Newsletter, saw a conference listed in Kansas, knew nothing about quilts;hopped on a plane, was awed by what i saw, and was introduced to possibilities of 9-patch, taught by Helen Squire. Bought Ginger scissors and did nothing more until 1990 when i became a charter member of a new guild forming 20 minutes away. (most of the 34 who joined that night were as clueless as i, so we hopped to it and got involved big time, as sponges soaking up everything we could find. Thrilling. Kit Willey

  5. Mary Dixon says:

    I, Mary learned to quilt from a class I took at Aurora Sewing Center in East Aurora in 2007 and have been hooked ever since. I immediately joined the guild and have taken many seminar classes. I especially enjoy the chance to take a class from a national teacher to learn their special twist on a technique.

  6. susan says:

    I learned to sew very young but didn’t get into quilting until I took a class from Peg Wilhelm(?) at Quilting Frame 2 on Elmwood and Bidwell. That was about 1983?. then I saw a quilt show at the museum and decided to join. I’m one of the people who had to submit 3 pieces of my work for admission into the guild. So happy I made it!

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