Featuring Barb & Mary — Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilters!

You read that right!  Today I am featuring a pair of bloggers – Barb and Mary.   They are the last of the fall Festival features, thanks so much to all of you that have nominated bloggers in the last week!
1. When did you begin quilting?

I made my first quilt in 1978.  It was a graduation gift for my collegeboyfriend, a huge brown puff quilt that was more like a lead blanketthan a quilt.  I had stuffed each puff with heavy cotton batting. (Whoknew?) Luckily there are no pictures of this regrettable work. :)

2. Why do you quilt?
LikeBarb, I’ve always enjoyed all types of needlework, knitting, sewing,cross stitch, needlepoint, rug hooking – you name it I’ve done it. When I tried quilting it just stuck with me.  I could be creative andmake something beautiful, and be practical and make something useful atthe same time.  And, more importantly, quilting has brought me manygreat friendships through the years.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I don’t have a favorite tip but I like Barb’s very much.  I’m going to try that.  (Read below!)
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Iwas one of the three friends in this group project.  I remember beingcaptivated by the picture of the original quilt in Kaffe’s book.  Itwas neat to find out that my friends felt the same way so we decided itwould be a fun project
5. Do you sew other things?

I’ma big sewer – I mostly sew quilts but I also like to make jackets.  Inaddition to the quilt blogs, I love reading the sewing blogs – thoseladies are making incredible garments.  I’ve also made a fair number ofdrapes and curtains in my day.

6. Anything else you would like us to knowabout you?
Myfamily has recently relocated to the Midwest (Zionsville, IN) and it’smy quilting and knitting that are helping me feel connected in this newcommunity.  
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting when my son was born in 1989.  My first quiltwas a pattern of sailboats for him.  I made that quilt, and then I tooka class to learn how.
2. Why do you quilt?
Ihave always enjoyed needlework starting with embroidery and crossstitch.  I was always drawn to quilts in Country Living Magazine in the1970s and 1980s.  When I started a family, I finally felt I had thetime to pursue it.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Maketime to do a little everyday.  Even 15 minutes of quilting orappliqueing can make a difference in finishing a project.  And neverleave home with a little project. 
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Thequilt in Kaffe Fassett’s Museum Quilts from the Victoria and Albertmuseum.  It was a group project with 3 of my quilt friends.  We usedhis patterns and made many of our own.  We modified it quite a bit fromKaffe’s version, using the original as inspiration.

5. Do you sew other things?
I enjoy making purses, jackets and the occasional Halloween costume.  I also like to do needle punch and red work. 

6. Anything else you would like us to knowabout you?
Oneof the things I enjoy most about being a quilter is all the wonderfuland fun women I have met over the years.  I have had the pleasure ofbeing in many guilds and sewing groups where I feel supported andencouraged and where we have fun!

Thanks to Barb and Mary!  I hope you all enjoyed getting to know these ladies better :)
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By |2019-01-25T13:20:13-06:00June 4th, 2010|Featured Quilter|3 Comments


  1. Zlaty June 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Very creative ladies!

    Happy sewing!

  2. Inch Worm Fabrics June 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Love to get to know other quilters and their stories are unique and familiar at the same time.

  3. Vicki June 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I love both of their fall festival quilts!

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