Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
Before I get to the sewing bits, a reminder for the past winners of blog prizes. If you have not yet picked up your prize, I will have them at tomorrow night’s guild meeting. If you do not plan to attend in person tomorrow, perhaps a friend of yours could pick up your prize for you.
Shh! Don’t jinx it but I think spring is approaching. In the sunnier parts of the yard the tulips and daffodils are starting to show. That always puts me in the mood to sew something bright and cute. I found a few freebie patterns from Lazy Girl designs that fit the bill. Maybe you’d like to try one of these. I think my favorite is the candy wrapper key chain. See what you think. Click here.
And here are 18 free bunny patterns: click here.
comment prompt: Who taught you to quilt?
A dear friend, Glenna Sternin. I had sewed clothing but never a quilt. I made a Christmas quilt with enough fabric left over to make one for my daughter using Eleanor Burns Trip Around the World! I still used it every Christmas 30 years later!
I took a beginner class at Aurora Sewing Center in 2007ish and our seminar classes.
My aunt taught me to sew, she was a professional seamstress. I made most of my maternity clothes, no fitting required. I also made clothes for my children, sewing for me, not so good. Most were donated to the goodwill.
Then I found Threads of Time, finally found
sewing I could do, and could use, success at last. My quilting skills, a work in progress, I keep practicing.
I took a beginner quilting class with Alice Bachraty about 40 years ago. We machine pieced blocks, did hand appliqué and hand quilting. We used templates made out of cardboard and cut with scissors. Theresa Utz, Donna Woodruff and Irene Jones were in that class. We have been friends ever since.
Thanks for all the great links to patterns.
I do love a free pattern!
Learned hand piecing in England and was surprised about the use of the rotary cutter coming here.
Had been sewing my own clothing on a treadle machine, things that my parents would not by in the seventies.
Talk about long lasting friendships. Alice was a wonderful instructor, and we all learned so much from her. As Sylvia mentioned, we have been quilting for forty years+, together and still going strong. Still taking classes, most currently from Linda Hunter through Zoom, who would have guesseabout the changes that have happened on forty years!
Alice was a wonderful instructor, and we all learned so much from her. As Sylvia mentioned, we have been quilting for forty years+, together and still going strong. Still taking classes, most currently from Linda Hunter through Zoom, who would have guesseabout the changes that have happened on forty years!
Alice was a wonderful instructor, and we all learned so much from Still taking classes, most currently from Linda Hunter through Zoom, who would have guessed about all the changes that have happened on forty years!
I took a class from Linda Hunter and went on from there with a variety of attacks!
First took classes with Alice Bachraty at a little quilt shop called “Calico Cat”. , with Sylvia, Donna, Irene and a few others.Sylvia suggested quilting together on a monthly basis so we wouldn’t get discouraged or lose interest. Found out later that Carol Breyer Fallert, an airline stewardess at the time,started her quilting career by going to the same shop While on layovers here in Buffalo. So, , does this make us famous quilters by association?
Mary Ellen taught me how to quilt. I was looking for a craft to do in retirement, and Mary Ellen got me started with quilting. I was very lucky to have an excellent teacher!