Introducing Julie Dunn: A Back to School Sewer for QM

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the eight women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during the QM Back to School Party.

 

Today I’m pleased to introduce Julie Dunn from Borrego Springs, California.

 

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Julie Dunn

Julie sewed with La Dee Da fabrics by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit. Here’s Julie’s finished quilt.

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Frame by Frame in La Dee Da fabrics by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit. This quilt was made by Julie Dunn from Borrego Springs, California, a member of Quiltmaker's Back to School sewing team.

Julie penned a few thoughts for QP readers:

I felt very fortunate to be chosen for this project. At first I was afraid to get too excited because I thought the email was really for someone else. Once a second email came, I knew I was in.

Then a wave of panic set in. ‘What have I gotten myself into?’

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Julie fussy cut some of the La Dee Da motifs in her Frame by Frame quilt.

When I saw my fabric and the pattern, I decided that some of the small squares should be fussy cut to highlight the fabric prints.

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Because of this, strip piecing was not an option. I also paid attention to placing the larger squares so the prints would flow through the quilt.

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My design wall was very helpful in making sure everything stayed right side up.

 

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Frame by Frame in FreeSpirit fabrics, made by Julie Dunn.

The Back to School Quilt Party project turned out to be a great experience, from the anticipation of seeing the fabric to the satisfaction of finishing the quilt.

On behalf of Quiltmaker and FreeSpirit fabrics, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Julie Dunn for a job well done. We really appreciate you!

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We have an easy tutorial for how to build a design wall of your own.

See how easy it is to build your own design wall, and be sure to look in the comments on the design wall post for more great design wall ideas from quilters like you.

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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3 Responses to Introducing Julie Dunn: A Back to School Sewer for QM

  1. Karlene says:

    Your quilt is so cheerful Julie. Very nice.

  2. Julie–what a great job you did with your fabrics–a really happy finished product!!

  3. Very, very nice!! Love the fussy cutting–adds so much to the quilt!

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