Introducing Jeannie Rasmussen: A Back to School Sewer

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 nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.

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Meet Jeannie Rasmussen from Plymouth, Nebraska.

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Jeannie Rasmussen from Plymouth, Nebraska

Jeannie sewed with Florence fabrics by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit. Her completed Playground is shown below.

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pin it button Introducing Jeannie Rasmussen: A Back to School SewerI’m a big fan of this quilt with its fiery energy and vintage-look fabrics. Jeannie arranged the blocks in a pleasing way, which isn’t easy when the low-contrast blocks are numerous. The whole thing is flat and smooth. Beautiful work!

I asked Jeannie to share some thoughts with QP readers.

I’ve been quilting for almost 35 years. When I saw the invitation for the BTS project on Facebook, I was certain they would get hundreds of applications and that I’d never be chosen, but I decided to go for it.

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I was thrilled beyond words to get  Diane’s email offering me a spot on the team. It arrived the same day I took time off work to go to Omaha with my hubby, attended a seminar on longarm quilting, and played with some very cool new machines. How could a day get any better?

My initial excitement only grew as the Facebook group was started and I met the other ladies across the US and Canada.

FSfabrics Introducing Jeannie Rasmussen: A Back to School SewerIt was so much fun to see the pictures posted by the other quiltmakers as they each received their boxes of gorgeous fabrics.

I am not usually a fast piecer. But the pattern was so easy to follow and the blocks so simple to construct that I had no trouble getting the entire top put together in just a couple days. The Denyse Schmidt fabrics from FreeSpirit are so lively and fun and are perfect for a pattern named Playground. I envisioned merry-go-rounds in the circular blocks and though all the BTS quilts are beautiful, I think my fabrics made for one of the most energetic Playgrounds.

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As I worked on the top I tried to be careful and do my very best work but found I needed work on my Stitch & Flip. I had a little trouble getting the corners to come out square. I was extra vigilant in using a scant 1/4″ seam, so the blocks would not be undersize, and wouldn’t you know most of them came out a little oversize? But it all seems to have worked out.

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I have not made many tops where the blocks are on point, so trimming the sides caused me the most worry. Since they were on the bias I was afraid they would stretch once trimmed and I confessed my fear to my best quilty friend Karla. But she reminded me of my other good friend, Spray Starch, and assured me I could do this.

I made sure the edges were well starched and stay-stitched, took a deep breath, and just did it. I did lose a tiny bit of one or two points when I put on the first border but I had no problem with stretching.

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For quilting I used Connecting Threads Essential Cotton in Coral Reef and I like the way it blended in with all the fabrics. I made the whole quilt, start to finish, in two weeks and sent her off to Quiltmaker for photos. She will be back soon and I will get to enjoy her and remember this project the rest of my life.

covers for DH Introducing Jeannie Rasmussen: A Back to School SewerI have been a Quiltmaker subscriber for many years and have boxes of patterns I’ve saved.  God willing I’ll live long enough to make them all some day. I especially appreciate that Quiltmaker is no longer just a periodical I get six times a year, read, re-read, and then read again before filing it away. With all the patterns, video tutorials and information available on their website and blog, it’s become part of my daily quilting life. I can’t thank them enough.

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

To reinforce my appreciation for Jeannie’s efforts, please leave her a thank-you message in the comments below. Thanks!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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18 Responses to Introducing Jeannie Rasmussen: A Back to School Sewer

  1. Jeannie Rasmussen says:

    Reply to Bonnie Lippincott: at the top of this page, on the left side under the Quiltmaker banner, there is a link that will take you back one day’s posting at a time. If you keep clicking that link to the first day called Back to School Party preparations, it will give you the fabric requirements. Then, click the link on the right to go forward and each day’s posting will give you the next step in the pattern. Or, if it works, here is a link to that first day:

    Then from there, click the link on the right to find each step. Post again if you can’t find the link or the beginning. Hope this helps!

  2. Bonnie Lippincott says:

    I love it. Where can I get the pattern?

  3. Jeannie Rasmussen says:

    Reply to Linda Armenti: the red was provided by FreeSpirit. I’ve never used this much red in a quilt but love the effect and will certainly do it again. I have used Connecting Threads threads a lot, for both piecing and quilting on my domestic sewing machine and my mid-arm. It is very reasonably priced and they often have specials. When they do I stock up and am close to having one of every color. How nice you got to meet Diane! It turns out we don’t live far from each other and I hope we can meet someday soon. Thank you for the sweet compliments. Happy quilting!!

  4. Chris says:

    Jeannie, I really like your quilt! I think I like yours the most out of all shown, although the others are also beautiful!

  5. Linda Cottage says:

    Jeannie I love your quilt. It looks fantastic!

  6. DeborahGun says:

    Thank you! I love the quilt you made :-)

  7. Linda Armenti says:

    Jeannie I absolutely love what you did with the placement of fabrics. I’m curious if they gave you the red, or if you decided to put it in to pop the quilt? I’ve never used Connecting Threads before, but since your work looks so wonderful I’m going to give it a try. Did you use it for piecing or just quilting? I’m a long time subscriber and fan of Quiltmaker as well and I love my print copies because I can curl up in bed with them and re-read and energize my creative self. (I got to meet Diane Harris and Carolyn Beam at the Georgia Quilt show this week so I share your enthusiasm) Take care.

  8. Becky in Georgia says:

    Beautiful quilt, Jeannie! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thunder says:

    thanks Jeannie :) I love your quilt. I have Family from the Florence area. I love to see quilts done with Denise’s fabrics…it is almost a bit of family history ♥♥♥

  10. Janet T says:

    Love the fabric used on this quilt. It looks so cherry!

  11. Linda Baker says:

    Love this pattern. Fantastic Job!!!!!!!

  12. Claudia says:

    Yup, those fabrics look like they were designed by a Free Spirit. Gotta get out of the box once in a while. Good job.

  13. Kay Mc says:

    Love your quilt with all of the red in it. I am really enjoying seeing all of the different quilts made with this pattern & I think I will have to make this one.

  14. Karlene says:

    Very nice quilt. Love how the red makes the other colors seem to glow.

  15. jean says:

    This quilt is gorgeous! Great to meet another midwestern quilter!

  16. Sharon Gallegos says:

    Very nice!!

  17. Sharon says:

    I was so happy to finally see someone use starch. Love, love , love the bundle you got to use – really this complimented the pattern fully. I think this one is my favorite.

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