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We are in McCall's Quilting magazine (September/October 2011). Read Jane's full story below:
Dear McCall's Quilting Staff,
My name is Jane Blazer from Cypress, CA. I wanted to share with you and your readers the story of my first quilt.
I have wanted to make a quilt my whole life. My husband was raised on quilts that his grandmother had made out of old house dresses that she had worn. He still has the quilt he used to take naps under as a child.
I had dabbled in sewing off and on in my life. But until I met Sherry Barker, my new friend and quilt teacher, I had no idea what was going to happened after the day I found her and that she had been quilting for over 20 years.
Sherry and I were reading the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of your magazine and she saw the quilt "Southern Grace"(pg 76). She thought it was a good quilt for me to start my first quilt. Little did she know that I wanted to make it for my bed, a Calif. King! She thought I was crazy - "Jane, are you nuts?" "Your first quilt should be small". But you have to know me. I have never done any project like a beginner should. I wanted to make a bed quilt that my husband and I would cherish till the day we died.
So this adventure that Sherry and I took started this year on Jan. 7th when I bought a new sewing machine, a Janome DC2010. After several shopping trips with Sherry, I learned about "building your stash". My head was spinning! But that didn't keep my from jumping in this "quilt pool" and getting my feet wet. It took me 3 months to make the 85 blocks needed.
I have learned that Quilt making is not for whimps!. Forget Yoga class, just lay out and rearrange 85 blocks on your hands and knees on your living room floor. It was just to big to do it anywhere else.
Attached is the photo of the completed quilt. I would also like to mention that I could not have finished this journey without the help of 2 more new friends. The owners of Tranquility Quilts in Cypress, California. Sister's, Lee Ann Moore and Linda Hobrock. It was their shop that did the quilting with the long arm computerized quilt machine, with Lee Ann driving the machine.
In the picture of the completed quilt, we are, from left to right, myself(Jane Blazer, Quilt maker);Sherry Barker (Quilt Teacher/Mentor and Friend);Lee Ann Moore and Linda Hobrock (shop owners)
I hope you consider my story and photo for your magazine. I love your magazine and can't wait for each new issue.
Jane E. Blazer
We are in the Orange County Register (October 2005).
There are many deserving charities, but this one is close to my heart. Below is the article that appeared in the OC Register in 2005 after the first quilt was made. The article tells our family story.
Ovarian Cancer education has improved so much since this article was written. There seems to be a new focus on female related cancers and some great preventatives (Gardisil). These milestones would not be possible without the generous contributions from people like you and me.
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