A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.
Meet Lisa Dumais from Newington, Connecticut.
Lisa Dumais from Newington, Connecticut
Lisa made her summery version of Hip-Hopscotch using Splash fabrics from Timeless Treasures.
Made by Lisa Dubais; fabrics are Splash from Timeless Treasures.
I love the little whales on this quilt. Fussy cutting them for the center patches was a great idea. Check your stash for fabrics that could be used in a similar way—I’ll bet you have several!
There’s a lesson in Lisa’s quilt: A little yellow goes a long way. For some reason (art scholars could tell you why, but I can’t), yellow is very powerful. It only takes a sprinkle for a quilt to start feeling very yellow. There is no right or wrong to how much yellow is okay—it’s just something to be aware of so you can control yellow’s effect.
I think the yellow is this quilt makes it sing! You could substitute navy for the solid yellow and it would work, but the quilt would be less interesting, in my opinion.
I asked Lisa for the details of her quilting story, and you’ll hear them in her own words below.
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I have been sewing for over 50 years. My sister and I learned to sew from our mom. We made extensive wardrobes for our dolls, including a wedding gown from the shortened train of my mother’s dress.
In 1989 Mom suggested we take a quilting class. I made a pine tree quilt as a wedding gift for a friend. Unfortunately we lost her in 1991, but I have always felt she’s been there with me as I evolved into a true quilter. My mom’s advice, which I return to often, was simply, “Read the directions and do what they say”—simple really, but often overlooked!
The influence of the older women in my local quilt group has been invaluable, and friendships remain today as we younger members have become the “older group.” Our guild always had fantastic speakers who encouraged me to try things. A few years ago we hosted Bonnie Hunter.
Bonnie Hunter is one of Lisa’s quilting influences.
I sat with Bonnie’s books in my lap, and turned down pages as she showed her quilts. So far I’ve made five, and I follow her blog and Quiltmaker columns. She’s an influence in my current scrappy period of quilting. And after 20+ years of quilting, she’s the one who got my 1/4″ seam set perfectly!
In 2001 I entered a quilt in my local fall fair for the first time. My husband and I went to see the displays, and could not find my quilt. I lagged behind, looking at the entries, and he went ahead. He came back and said “I found your quilt!” and urged me to hurry up.
Lisa’s row quilt won a Best of Show award in 2001.
Well, we got there, and my quilt was sporting a Best In Show ribbon! What a surprise! Validation of your work is a good thing. It wasn’t a big show, but having my family there to be proud of me was a really good feeling.
Lisa tried her hand at dimensional applique.
About 15 years ago some friends decided we should take Dimensional Applique classes and make Baltimore Album quilts. I struggled with the handwork and made sure everyone was aware of my hatred for the work, but I kept with it. My skills improved and I learned a ton of techniques that have been useful for other projects. The Baltimore Album remains an unfinished project but—surprise…!
Lisa’s Block of the Month designed by Edyta Sitar
Today I’m working on an Edyta Sitar block of the month with my local quilt shop. I’ve accepted my imperfections and have learned to just enjoy the process.
Right now, I’m focusing on machine quilting—a skill I need to work on. Quiltmaker’s focus on machine quilting this year has been very beneficial to me. I just need lots more practice!
Our sincere thanks to Lisa Dumais for her work
on the Back to School Party.
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