Sew & Tell – March/April 2006

Bold and Scrappy Wins
Thank you for your wonderful books and magazines! After two years,
I finally finished Spider Web from your book Fat Quarter Friendly. My husband’s favorite color is red and my Scots/Irish blood always draws me to homespun
plaids, so this was the perfect project. I call this quilt My Personality because it’s bold and scrappy just like me!
Of the dozens of quilts I’ve made in the past 11 years, this is one of my favorites. The judges at the California State Fair in Sacramento must have liked it
too—they awarded it a first place ribbon!
MJ Whitley, Janesville, CA
Blue Ribbon Winner
I was ten years old when I made this project in my 4-H Club, the Climax Willing Workers.
This is my first quilt, which took me almost two years to finish. My teacher, Mrs. Norma Larsen, taught me how to rotary cut, sew a straight line, and press seams. When I
made a mistake, she helped me fix it. The hardest part of making this quilt was machine quilting in the ditch. I won a blue ribbon and a meritorious ribbon at the Kalamazoo
County Fair.
Sarah Manis, Battle Creek, MI
First-Time Machine Quilter
When my friend gave me scraps from western shirts she had made, I created a
king-size Bear’s Paw quilt for her. I had a lot of scraps left. When I saw the Dresden Plate pattern in your magazine, I knew I had found another quilt to make. I’m 70 years
young, and this was my first attempt at free-motion quilting on my sewing machine. I gave the quilt to friends for their wedding anniversary.
Doris Brammeier, Quincy, CA

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