Introducing Valerie Bradley, a Back to School Sewer for Quiltmaker

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. We got a great response, and it’s been my pleasure to work with the six women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you, one each day, as part of the QM Back to School Party.

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It’s been a delight to work with the Back to School Sewing Team. Today I’d like you to meet Valerie Bradley from Tigard, Oregon.

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Valerie Bradley

Valerie agreed to sew on a tight schedule for this project. She was flexible above and beyond and we so appreciated it!

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Valerie’s quilt is made from A Very Fairy Christmas fabrics by Loralie Designs for Quilting Treasures.

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Here is Valerie’s finished quilt.

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Dozens of Daisies in A Very Fairy Christmas fabrics by Loralie Designs for Quilting Treasures. Quilt made by Valerie Bradley.

Does that get you into the holiday mood or what?!

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Here’s a bit of what Valerie had to share with QM readers.

Working on this quilt was fantastic fun!  It was my first time working on a project for a magazine, and it was a great experience. Not only did I get to work with a great quilting magazine, I had the privilege of meeting quilters from across the country who also worked on the project.

We shared photos with each other over Facebook (in a private group so as not to spoil the surprise), we encouraged each other, asked questions and admired each other’s work and fabrics.

We’ve since become friends and are planning to keep in touch and even do some quilty swaps in the near future. Quilters truly are the best, nicest, kindest people in the world, and I’m proud to be part of the quilting community.

The folks at Quiltmaker made the job so fun and easy, too. They gave detailed pictures of how the fabrics should be placed, the directions were written up very well, and they were always available should a question arise.

I learned to have patience, and to trust that hiccups do not spell disaster in a project.  icon smile Introducing Valerie Bradley, a Back to School Sewer for Quiltmaker

Although she’s about as large as a peanut, Valerie recently completed something called The Warrior Dash. I’m always inspired when I meet a quilter who is in great shape. Maybe that’s why she was able to make Dozens of Daisies at lightning speed! Many thanks from QM to Valerie and kudos on finishing The Warrior Dash.

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Make your own version of Dozens of Daisies! Giveaways galore, don’t miss out!

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About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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6 Responses to Introducing Valerie Bradley, a Back to School Sewer for Quiltmaker

  1. Dorothy B. says:

    I know Val from a couple of quilting forums on Delphi. She is always busy with her family as well as helping with questions on the forums. You made a great choice in having her take part in this.

  2. Sheryl W. says:

    You made a great choice in asking Val to make one of these quilts for you. She’s a valued member of a quilting forum I belong to (The Quilting Bee on Delphi), and has worked on so many projects with us to comfort others. Go, Val!

  3. I love the Christmas version, great idea for some fabrics a friend sent me.

    Debbie

  4. Sue (Scottygs) says:

    Whoo Hoo!!! I know someone famous… LOL! Great to finally get to see the quilt you made Val!!

  5. MarciaW says:

    I really like this Christmas quilt version.

  6. Sequana says:

    Hey, I know Val! *S*

    She’s a great quilter and has done some charity work for me. Believe me, there is almost no one in better physical shape than this woman.

    Nice to see ya, Val………Annie

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