It’s my pleasure to introduce you to four more members of QM’s brand new 2013 Scrap Squad. But first…
If you’re new to Quiltmaker or Quilty Pleasures, welcome! Let me tell you about the Scrap Squad. We know people have stashes of fabric from which they would like to sew—and make stunning quilts! We started the Scrap Squad two years ago in order to show you how our quilt patterns could be used with your scraps.
Scrap Squad members take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and create scrappy versions of their own. We share their quilts here on Quilty Pleasures. You’ll often get a peek into what worked, what didn’t, how they approached a project or what adventures and mishaps they had along the way.
Scrap Squad members are QM readers like you. They have amazing piecing and quilting skills and work on tight deadlines. We appreciate them so much.
Each of these four people has written a few lines by way of introduction.
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Marti Dyer-Allison: My two boys are both twenty-something tech-savvy types who call me “end loser.” The younger one nagged me into starting a blog when his brother pointed out in the summer of 2011 that I was on track to make 52 quilts in 52 weeks. After that, it was all over but the Blogger registration. I made 52 quilts in 52 weeks in both 2011 and 2012. That is my goal again this year along with finishing 13 UFOs in 2013!
I made my first quilt in 1976 while I was waiting for my fiancé to return from Air Force technical training school so we could get married. It was a Log Cabin, using Eleanor Burns’s pattern. This was before rotary cutters—we snipped the selvage and tore across the width of the fabric! It was made from blue and mauve calico, and I donated it to the Salvation Army twenty years later. Favorite quilting tip from my mother: “Measure twice (that’s 2, two, TWO TIMES); cut once!” Read more here: http://www.52quilts.com/
Anne Wiens: I grew up in Boulder Creek, California, and come from a long line of needlewomen. My mother, grandmothers and great-grandmother taught me to knit, crochet, embroider and sew at an early age. I made my first quilt when I was still in high school, when templates were hand-cut from cardboard and no one had yet invented the rotary cutter.
I have designed my own patterns from the beginning (in 1973 you pretty much had to), have been teaching professionally since 1992, and publishing through quiltwoman.com since 2007. In 2010, quiltwoman.com published my first book, The Thrifty Quilter: Make (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric.
My design company, Sweetgrass Creative Designs, is my second job. I recently celebrated my 33rd anniversary as an announcer and program director for radio stations KSEN and KZIN-FM in Shelby, Montana. Please visit my Facebook page and join the Thrifty Quilters group where we share great ideas for using up your fabric leftovers!
Nicole Brouillette: I have been happily addicted to quilting since my soon-to-be mother-in-law helped me piece my first quilt about eight years ago. Since then my stash has grown tremendously, my cupboard is full of quilts, and my UFO list has gotten longer and longer!
This year I bought myself a longarm and I now get to do what I love for a living. I have been quilting for customers since February and I love it! I get to stay home with my four-year-old daughter and make a living while I am at it! I am very active in two quilting guilds and I enjoy making samples for a couple of my local quilt shops. I love my job and the people who come with it!! Here’s a link to my blog: Colie’s Quilting
Editor’s note: Nicole has a big heart. Last year she was part of the Back to School sewing team for Quiltmaker, and when another member of that team learned recently that she had breast cancer, Nicole pulled together a group quilt to bring her comfort and healing. She organized, encouraged, joined rows, quilted, bound and shipped it. Pretty incredible.
And last but certainly not least…
Carol Hubacek: I am a retired parochial school educator/administrator since 2005. I love all things crafty and always have a wide variety of projects in the works. I bought a Gammill Optimum Plus (the Plus indicates a stitch regulator) to celebrate my retirement and have not looked back.
I have made three Double Wedding Ring quilts (two daughters and a former student). I have tried many methods of applique and have loved them all. I served as a tester for Volumes 3, 4 & 5 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I am looking forward to the Scrap Squad experience because I know it will help me to hone my internet skills, meet new people, and advance my passion for all things textile.
I am also in the process of planning for a mission trip to Costa Rica for nine days in March. Our group will be sharing ideas and skills with some women who are looking for new outlets in providing for their families. I consider quilting, retirement, and my 9-month-old granddaughter three of my greatest blessings. I live in Schererville, Indiana (part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area).
Editor’s note: Let me tell you a story about Carol. Her application for the Scrap Squad was one I just could not get out of my head. She wrote, “I am never without a project—or ten—in the works. I imagine that one day people will attend my wake and celebrate with one big Show and Tell—’See what Carol made for me!’ “ I thought that was one of the coolest things I had ever heard. What an attitude. I knew she would be perfect for the Scrap Squad!
We’ll look forward to great things from this talented team.