Introducing Wanda Philbin: 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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Today I’m pleased to introduce Wanda Philbin from Point Edward, Ontario.

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Wanda Philbin from Point Edward, Ontario

Wanda sewed with Tadashi fabrics from Red Rooster Fabrics. Below is Wanda’s finished quilt.

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Wanda Philbin’s version of Playground made in Tadashi fabrics from Red Rooster Fabrics.

pin it button Introducing Wanda Philbin: A Back to School SewerThe lighter, brighter rings are nicely spread out. The higher contrast blocks keep your eye moving around the quilt, while the more subtle rings seem to ground the composition. This is a really pleasing quilt. Didn’t Wanda do a nice job?

I asked Wanda to share a few thoughts with QP readers:

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the fabric I had. Deciding on the placement of the “circles” or “donuts” was playful—I enjoyed seeing how the colors worked together and the different effects from moving the fabric around. This would be a great scrap quilt.

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I learned was that there are many great quilters I haven’t met yet and that their lives are as crazy as mine. But we all like to make just one more quilt and we will certainly find the time to do that.

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I had to be patient because my fabric didn’t come quickly enough for me, and because I had to finish another project before I could start this special one. The bias edges were a challenge. I made sure that I measured the quilt on both edges and down the middle to get an accurate measurement for the border strip.

facebook logo detail Introducing Wanda Philbin: A Back to School SewerI have subscribed to Quiltmaker for many, many years and have made or adapted several quilts from it. Watch Facebook for the special events QM has and be part of one. I am very pleased to have been part of this year’s Back to School event. The best thing is that I now have a beautiful quilt that only cost a little of my time.

On behalf of Quiltmaker and Red Rooster Fabrics, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Wanda Philbin for a job well done. We really appreciate you!

To reinforce my appreciation for Wanda’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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23 Responses to Introducing Wanda Philbin: A Back to School Sewer

  1. Heather Maslen says:

    Nicely done Wanda! :)

  2. Heather Maslen says:

    Nicely done Wanda!

  3. Sue Ross says:

    congratulations! You deserve the recognition for your talent and for all the help and advice you have patiently passed onto myself and many others. You are an inspiration

  4. Sylvia Edgar says:

    What a wonderful surprise to see Wanda’s quilt featured on your site. I have learned many things from her over the years as a member of the same guild she has been involved with for many years. Wanda is an inspiration to many and always so willing to help anyone. Congratulations Wanda ,your quilt it awesome!

  5. Denise Collins says:

    I’m so delighted and surprised to see this email come to me. You have a super quilter in Wanda. She has helped so many in our guild learn and continue to learn. What an honour to see your work in such a wonderful magazine. Congratulations.

  6. Lyn Griffin says:

    What fun!!! Thanks for reminding me again to look at this. A great
    job! It’s fun for our guild to have someone on this team. Yeah!

  7. Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I can’t believe how different each quilt looks!

  8. Cecilia says:

    Your quilt is beautiful, Wanda. You did a wonderful job.

  9. Irene Chandler says:

    Great job Wanda!!! Let’s keep in touch!

  10. Karlene says:

    You really did a nice job on your quilt. Fun to see it.

  11. Beautiful quilt and beautiful workmanship, Wanda! Thanks for the heads-up so I could see it the day it was published!!!

  12. Hildy says:

    I love this quilt you made. The colors are excellent. I would like to try this pattern in shades of blue for my nephew.

  13. Judy Prescott says:

    Great job! It is a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on being picked to participate.

  14. Sheri says:

    Well I am fairly new to Quilt Maker and their projects. I hope to one day be a ” Chosen” one. If this Beautiful Wonderful quilt is any example I really really can’t wait to try one. Great job I love it.

  15. Mary C in WA says:

    I love that it is finally time to see the Quilts from BTS quilters. Wish I could have played along. Being a 100 Blocks Tester was fun for me for Vol 5 & 6.

  16. Carol Vickers says:

    Beautiful job, Wanda. Congratulations on being part of the Back to School Team. I was on Quiltmaker’s original Scrap Squad and, like you, found it to be a great experience. And now you have a gorgeous quilt as a remembrance!

  17. Lynda Parker says:

    Nice job Wanda! I think sometimes it’s very challenging to work with fabric you didn’t select yourself. You did a great job of making theses fabrics shine!
    What a fun project to be a part of.

  18. Betty S. says:

    I love batiks, and think a fall color fabrics would look nice on this quilt.

  19. Darla Hall says:

    Love this pattern and Red Rooster!

  20. Jeannie Rasmussen says:

    Great job, Wanda!

  21. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Fun quilt – thanks.

  22. Sherry Barger says:

    love it

  23. Sharon says:

    I have loved Red Rooster fabrics even before I ever heard of some of the other lines – and still a staple on my stash shelf. I love the play of dark and lite fabrics and red is always a popper. Nicely done.

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