Monday, January 16, 2012

FIVE fat quarter giveaway...




Is this lady a MYSTERY to you?  Well, if so..
then, maybe Mystery Monday's post will give you









...some clues.  =)

1) She died September 4, 2010 at the age of 83
2)  Shared quilting thru a 16 page mimeographed newsletter
            The first issue typed on a manual typewriter at her
             dinning room table (in 1969).
3)  The "newsletter" eventually became a magazine that had over 200,000 US
            publications and 100 other countries.
4)  It was said that this lady..."almost single-handedly launched the quilt revival
           in the 1970s...by the research and information put in the Newsletters.

~  ~  ~  any ideas yet?

5)  She was inducted in to the Quilter's Hall of Fame in 1982
6)  Carol Doak (paper piecing instructor) said of our Mystery
             lady..., "She was a gentle giant, leading and
            encouraging the quilt world with her grace and charm


If you haven't guessed already....The photograph is that of one of the
 GREAT LADIES
in the world of quilting.  Her name is Bonnie Leman.  And, the
 "newsletter" mentioned above is
QUILTER'S NEWSLETTER

For more information about Mrs. Leman you can go to
these sites

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SO...to enter to WIN* the
FIVE FAT QUARTERS.....please,
leave a comment about a teacher and/or author
 that inspired
YOU when you FIRST started quilting. 

Entries will be closed Saturday Jan 21st midnight MT
*must be a follower to win

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Happy Dancing....for last week's Mystery Monday
WINNER


~~ Linda~~
from Washington D.C.
and you can visit her  here

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Please, don't forget about the giveaway on
Saturday's "On My Weigh"....click
HERE for all the details!!  Or, you could
just click on the new button!...the funny-faced scale. =)

56 comments:

B Greene said...

I had the book, Scrap Quilts, by Judy Martin and followed her guidance and instructions to make my first quilt many, many moons ago. I don't know where y copy iss now, but I think I may have to get a used copy from Amazon - I miss it now that you reminded me!

Jamie Lee said...

I saw a zig zag table runner on Cluck Cluck Sew's blog. I was just looking around online and didn't even know there was such a thing as quilting for people my age. I was hooked to reading quilt blogs from that moment on and a few months later after the birth of my first daughter I took a basic sewing class through Parks and Rec. I credit Allison and the amazing Internet.

Belinda said...

Ever since I received one of my grandmother's quilts at her passing, I've wanted to quilt. I couldn't begin until I quit work a short time ago. It's been a great source of joy for me. Thank you for an awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone!!!

Sallie said...

My husband's grandmother inspired me to quilt. She made numerous scrap quilts and we are fortunate to have several. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jo said...

I love Bonnie Hunter. I love using scraps and she gave me a way to make it all work!

regan said...

As a girl, I remember doing a lot of embroidery and needlepoint, kindof self-taught as the women in my family did no crafting at all! Then I remember seeing Georgia Bonesteel on PBS (when I was in high school), and I knew I wanted to quilt! I sewed clothes then, but not quilts. It wasn't for another few years, until I got married, and my MIL and I took an Elanor Burns class together....our bonding experience! lol My REAL quilting started when we got stationed in Massachusetts and I joined a quilt guild, plunked myself down at the center table, and those ladies 'took me in'. I joined their mini group at the senior center, and I learned so much from them. That was 18 years ago! Now I'm all Bonnie Hunter style quilting....can't get enough of it!

Samantha said...

The only quilting books the very small library where I lived had were all by Georgia Bonesteel. I checked out all of them and read them. When we moved to a bigger town I checked out other books on quilting, but I'd say reading Georgia's books about lap quilting really got me excited about making quilts again, since I hadn't done any quilting since helping my Grandmother when I was younger.

Samantha

The Village Queen said...

The first quilt book I bought was Patchwork by Judy Martin. No color, not very comprehensive instrucitons, just hundreds of block drawings in different sizes. Ive used that book over and over when wanting a new shape. I bought that book because I wanted to make a quilt by hand like my great aunt. I never met her, didnt know much about her but my mom had 2 of her quilts and my grandma had 2 as well. I figured if she could raise kids and make handmade quilts I ought to be able to make one. It took me 12 years but its just about done, english paper peiced using a Judy Martin block.

Pippa Parsons said...

My favourite isn't a quilting book but it's why I decided to learn how to quilt... Little Women the togetherness of the girls, the idea of quilting by hand or machine beside a fire..just *felt* like home and something to be treasured in my life...

JustPam said...

My mentor is a woman I used to work with who showed me some of her quilts. I was in love and she encouraged me to make my first full sized quilt. She started a little quilt club, invited me, and I have been obsessed ever since. Thanks Rhonda!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I would say my great gandmother was a great source of inspiration for a lot of things in my life, but for quilting (even though my mother is a famed quilter) it comes from Bonnie Hunter - love the scrappy side and the source of organizing, use of leader/enders and her travels lead to many great heritage quilt finds along her way that she shares with her readers.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I didn't really have an author or a 'known' teacher. My inspiration was my aunt. She is/was also my inspiration in counted cross stitch and basket making. Thanks for the information on a very important person to quilting!! And, of course, thanks for another fun Mystery Monday :)

yorkie mom said...

When I started quilting, I went to the local quilt store where Robin helped me pick out fabric, tools and join a beginner class. When I finished my first quilt-queen size (all hand pieced) she helped me baste it in her shop! Back then it was thread basting on saw horses!

Deb said...

As a newlywed I came into possession of my great grandma's quilts - what a treasure - they inspired me to get into quilting just by doing research about them.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Definitely Eleanor Burns! Through her Quilt in a Day method she really taught me to quilt. I've made many quilts, but her easy to follow directions always is a winner.

Needled Mom said...

Bonnie was an inspiration to all of us. I started subscribing to the Quilter's Newsletter back in 1969. I have quite a collection of the magazines over the years. The first ones were all in black and white and were more like flyers.

I think Alex Anderson was a real inspiration to me and to many others. She always had such wonderful guests that introduced us to so many great quilting techniques.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

My Mom got me into quilting when she wouldn't make a quilt I wanted for my DS. LOL Instead she gave me the pattern and some scraps and I haven't looked back! Thanks for the fun!!

~Dawn~ said...

My stepmom inspired me to start sewing when she made and gave me my first quilt!

Of course, I am a follower here :)

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

My grandmother helped raise me, and I remember one year when she first embroidered panels, then hand-pieced them into a quilt, and then hand quilted not one, but 5 quilts for her grandchildren. I still have mine and it has been used and displayed and loved. But it wasn't until my 40's that I began to quilt myself. A friend, Ellen Berggren, of Boise, makes absolutely wonderful quilts, and every time I'd see one I had Quilt Envy - bad! So I taught myself. But these two wonderful women are given credit! Thank you!

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Oh - and I am a Follower of your great blog and look forward to each edition!

My Life In Quilts said...

My first quilt was from Eleanor Burns "Log Cabin in a Day" book. If it hadn't been for her easy cutting and piecing I doubt I would have had the nerve to ever try quilting because I was very intimidated by the whole process. I used to only tie off my quilts and I have advance to quilting anything lap size or smaller. Thank goodness for Eleanor Burns!

suemac said...

My friend Kathy from work introduced me to quilting. She encouraged me to go to a Farmer's Wife class with her. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I got hooked. We still talk quilting at work on our breaks and share our projects.

Marcia W. said...

I have a great resident quilting teacher and mentor, my mother. She has encouraged me in starting to make quilts, developing my skills, and to enter giveaways so once in a while she has a surprise package to open! We used to get up early every morning to watch Simply Quilts. Alex Anderson, Nancy Z, and Eleanor Burns were tv shows we enjoyed together. LOL

Gwen said...

My mother was my inspiration to sew and quilt. When my sisters and I were growing up, money was tight, and my Mom always made sure that we had pretty clothes to wear.. I can remember many nights that she would sit at her sewing machine working to make matching outfits for us. She also made special clothes for our Barbie dolls and baby dolls-- they were some of the best dressed dolls around! :-)

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

My Mother is the inspiration behind my quilting. She learned from her own mother and has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren and now in her late 80's, still continues. She now does more machine quilting but she used to hand quilt everything! I love you Mama!

James-Linda said...

MY AUNTS QUILTED ALL OF THEIR LIVES-MAKING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HAND QUILTED QUILTS I HAVE EVER SEEN. THEY LIVED IN KANSAS AND ARE NOW WITH THE LORD, BUT THEIR WORK HAS INSPIRED ME FOR YEARS!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

hueisei said...

Hmm..should be my mom, I used to see her sew clothes to me when I'm a little girl. But, now I should say the quilting blogs from around the world. I get inspiration by reading the blogs.

Love Of Quilts said...

Miss Golden was my home ex teacher she taught me to sew...I taught myself to quilt the top....I had a aunt to help on pinning the layer together...and how to quilt it on a machine.

Janet said...

Thanks for telling us about Bonnie Leman. Very interesting. My friend Dahn has been my biggest quilting influence. She is really keen on art quilting and because that is not my natural bent, she manages to stretch my brain and my creativity!

Beth said...

Even though my mom had passed away before I started to quilt, she was my teacher and inspiration. Her patience, her love of creating special things for the people she loved, her appreciation of beautiful fabric--I try to emulate her patience, and see her reflected in the things i love most about quilting.

kc said...

I've been sewing my own clothes (and other things) since I could remember, but it was only a couple of years ago that the lady camping in the site behind us invited me to come to the quilt ladies meeting to see what they did - she thought I might like to help them put together some charity blankets. And that was just the beginning! I was totally hooked, just like that!

Kathy said...

I just started quilting (for real) in 2011. I have found many blogs very helpful. But one of my favorites is Linda's blog -- Stray Stitches. Just reading her blog, entering giveaways, and clickng on the many links on her sidebars and blogs that she follows helped me a bunch in my quilting. If you're reading this because you are entering this contest too...
THANKS, Linda!

Gayle said...

My teacher at our sewing club is my inspiration and is very helpful with any questions about quilting.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

Hey, I was perusing your blog and saw my name, almost missed it, LOL. Thanks a lot for the giveaway :o)

As an aside, Bonnie Leman was also the aunt of Mary Lou Weidman, of Mary Lou and Cherries Too.

SassyCathy said...

I have had many women in my life who have helped me and I remember all of them with gratitude.
My Mother, Grandmother, Neighbor Mrs. Norman, in my early beginnings at 6 years old these ladies were kind and patient.
And even still - at 52 - I am surrounded with pleasant people who help me along. Encouraging me, sharing with me, giving helpful advise and sharing from their own experiences - Yes- We've come a long way Baby :)
It seems to me that I learn mostly "the hard way" through my errors - but that way I usually do remember my lessons well.
Cathy Byrd
byrd at gulftel.com

Sheila said...

My grandmothers and my grandmother-in-law made quilts. They inspired me. Now the quilters in blog land inspire me. Quilters on YouTube inspire. Fabric stores, local and online, inspire me. It's a good time to be a quilter :D

Linda V said...

Jinny Beyer was my huge inspiration when I first started quilting, along with Quilter's Newsletter Mag! Thanks for the giveaway~

Kira said...

Emily Herrick and her wide open mouth with her big fat opinions would be the first to influence me. Actually, until I saw her Flutterby and Dipped in Chocolate quilts, I had no interest. Then there was this whole fabric quality thing. Suddenly the whole world of stitching exploded and I haven't seen the end of it. Emily is the Crazy Old Ladies.

robin said...

I loved Lynette Jensen's patterns so much that I was inspired to start quilting myself. :)

Eileen said...

Watched eleanor burns off and on for years, but one time with hubby there who really liked a block she was working on for victory quilts. Ended up buying her book and made most of the blocks with her fantastic instructions and drawings started with the one hubby liked and made a whole quilt for him. There are so many others who inspire me but she was really the first! Thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

Rhonda G said...

I have never had a teacher other then what I've learned online. I have to say that Esther Aliu has taught me more by sharing her BOM applique quilts then I have ever learned. I love her talent.

annmarie said...

My very first quilting teacher was Sarah - I took a class at my LQS. Sarah still inspires me today and her frequent words of wisdom "MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE!" ring in my ears every time I go to cut up piece of fabric.

Caroline said...

My neighbor lady invitedme to take a quilt class with her, at the church she went to. I loved it, she didn't. That was 11 1/2 years ago. I finished my quilt, and we use it on the couch all the time, it is starting to wear out. She never did finish hers. She had knitted some scarves and headbands for my granddaughters this Christmas. We got to talking about our hobbies, and I asked her if she still had that quilt project. She dug it out, and I will finish it for her, after all this time. She is too excited!

Kylie said...

I learned to quilt from my great-grandmother. She started me off hand sewing when I was about 6 and taught me to machine sew on her mother's singer treadle machine. She declared the treadle was safer for a 10 year old- which is true since it can't surprise you by going 0 to 60 all of a sudden.

quilary said...

I learnt a lot of quilting techniques from a sampler block of the month put together by Dorothy Clark. She previously owned Chocolate Coated a fabric store in Victoria. It was so easy and comprehensive and any questions would be answered by email or phone very quickly. I became addicted to quilting because of the great patterns and instructions!

Diane said...

I was first introduced to quilting by my grandmother when I was younger. She made scrap patchwork quilts from old clothing ... I think of her whenever I make a quilt :) thanks for the chance.

Mimi said...

A former teacher from high school inspired me to quilt.

Crystal said...

I was inspired by a friend who is a talented sewer - she is amazing, and can even make wedding dresses! I'm still learning, but I hope to one day inspire my daughters to sew too.

quiltma said...

I was quilting for a while before I heard of Eleanor Burns.... But I would say she has been a big inspiration.

Slovenka said...

When I came to the U.S., I did not know anything about quilting. So my love to quilt is closely tied to my teacher and friend Dorothy Whitcomb. Once a week I went to International Women's Club, where we (student's wifes) were learning English and crafts. Quilting was introduced to me there and never left my heart.

Susan said...

I did recognize Bonnie Leman! To be honest, I started taking that magazine when it was still published on her tabletop, and every anniversary, Matthew was the cover picture! I still have those in storage, all the way up to about issue 200 something, when I quit taking it.

Since I was a self-taught quilter (there were NO classes or books when I learned to quilt!), inventing it all myself after seeing one, the influence on my life came later, when I already knew how to quilt. It was Laurene Sinema, owner of The Quilted Apple in Phoenix, AZ, and author of many quilt books, international teacher. We were friends from the time she opened her shop with 13 bolts of fabric, until the time she died. So much of the way I think about quilting and the kind of quilting I enjoy, and the fabrics I choose were influenced by Laurene. She was a joy to be around, and always had a story to tell. We went to classes and clubs just to hear them, and be around her.

What an interesting question you asked. I've been reading people's entries.

Lisa C said...

I just started quilting last summer. I took a class called "My First Quilt" with Michelle Parker. She was so patient! The students ranged from mid-twenties to those in their sixties. The range of fabric chosen was just as broad. She gave us very practical knowledge. My college friend's mother, Theresa, is a quilter. Although miles away from me, through technology we can communicate and I've been able to ask the simpliest and most complex of questions.

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

lisarcast@gmail.com

Stitches said...

I took a class early in my quilting career from Harriet Hargrave and it was so helpful. I just love her work and think she was a great teacher and pioneer in machine quilting. Thanks

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I went to a local fabric store to buy some yarn and a class was going on and it immediately caught my eye. What were they doing? patchwork. I went back the next week to have one of those classes. Helen Cabral was the teacher and she taught me all the basics to become a quilter.I love going to her workshops.

Mhairi said...

My aunt is my inspiration, teacher and general go-to person.
She taught me to quilt, helps me in my current projects and inspires me to try new things.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

The lady who taught me how to quilt (at a class at church) had only made one large quilt. She taught us on little quilts. The first one had to be made all by hand, every stitch. She didn't have anything against machines, she just thought we'd learn more about piecing and quilting if we started off by hand. I still love hand quilting (but I piece by machine). Because of her, I tried a bowtie quilt as my 4th quilt, not knowing that the seams would be difficult. I just jumped in and did it. Gail was an inspiration.