Today, I’m pleased to feature Mary! Mary blogs at Mary on Lake Pulaski, and was the winner in the hand quilted category, most recently! Mary is a generous and kind friend too, if you don’t already follow her – you should! I hope you enjoy getting to know Mary‘ better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting when I took time off work when my two children were born. I still quilted when I went back to work, but had very little time until I happily retired seven years ago. Now I do some kind of sewing almost every day.
2. Why do you quilt?
The answer to that would appear plain and simple if you saw my sewing room – I love the color, the feel the design and everything else about fabric! Being a quilter allows me to have lots of this beautiful component of quilting around me every day.
3. What is a new technique you are hoping to learn this year?
It’s not a new technique really, but I hope to improve my free motion quilting abilities on my home machine. So many other quilters are doing such amazing quilting on home machines and I take their advice seriously – practice, practice, practice.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (above)
I loved the curved piecing and simple design of Denyse Schmit’s Single Girl the first time I saw it, but wanted to put my special twist on it by not using a neutral background. Once I got started, I kept thinking how pretty hand quilting would look on all the negative space.
5. Do you sew other things?
My list of what all I sew goes from pillow, curtains, costumes, doll clothes, bags of all types, childrens clothes, baptism attire and anything that fits in before and after this list. I really don’t care for altering clothes or repairing clothes but do it for very special people in my life.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a twenty-six year breast cancer survivor and participate in two fund raising event with my family every year. In the spring (on Mother’s Day) we all walk in the 5K Race for the Cure at the Mall of America and every fall we all walk in the 5K Making Strides Against Breast Cancer around Lake Nakomis. My daughter-in-law organizes the team and promotes the fund raising as she lost her mother at a very young age to breast cancer.
Mary, thanks so much for sharing your quilts, and more of you with us! I’m so glad you are a survivor!
Have a great weekend all –