Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jane Zillmer - Talented Area Quilter

"Flower Power" by Jane Zillmer

Today I would like to feature quilter Jane Zillmer, who lives in Northern Wisconsin.  Some of you might have already seen some of her original designs at various quilt shows.  Above is her quilt "Flower Power", which is being featured as a series quilt pattern, beginning with the 2012 April/May issue of Quilter's Newsletter.  Two of Jane's quilts were also finalists in this years AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky as well.  You can check out Jane's website, and learn a bit more about this very talented lady.  Please be sure to check out her archives (located on tab at the top of her home page), where you will be able to view many of her original designs.  We wish her well in her future endeavors, and congratulate her on her current successes!
I have contacted Jane, and she shared a little about herself and her inspirations:

I've been sewing and doing needle arts since I was nine years old and made my first quilt in high school. I sewed all my own clothes and all my daughters dresses and outfits (until they outgrew that idea). I loved to applique their outfits and when I started quilting in earnest in 1989, I added applique to many of my quilts too.

Quilts and quilting have become my passion, especially after retiring from my nursing career a few years ago. I love all quilts, love to read about them, see them at shows and of course make them! I design all my quilts using lots of applique and consider my quilts to be traditional. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and life in northern Wisconsin. I collect leaves, wildflowers, dead insects and sights and sounds as I go on my daily walks and these are used as quilt ideas and patterns. I'm also inspired by color and fabric and traditional quilt blocks.

A while ago, I started entering local quilt shows, then regional and national shows. It is very rewarding to see my quilts displayed at shows among all the other beautiful work and I love to share what I do with the world. I've improved my techniques knowing my quilts will be judged, and this has increased the satisfaction I derive from my quilting. I have won a number of awards too over the years.

The American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY approached me to write a book last fall and after initial self doubt, I took the plunge, had my proposal accepted and recently finished my manuscript. The book is about applique; it will tell of my quilt inspirations and explain my machine applique technique, how I design quilts and include patterns for 7 of my quilts. All those quilts and other appliqued quilts for a photo gallery are now all in the hands of my editors. Expected publication: sometime in 2013.

I really want to share what I do with other quilters - who also share with me. I'm not looking for fame or fortune (though some money would be nice), but I really do hope I can inspire others by showing them my work. That's all.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blog Stats

Was just looking at our stats for the blog.  Can you believe the blog has been up and running since January of 2011?  Just thought it was interesting who was visiting the blog.
Our all time views on the blog are 17,045 so far.
In the last month we had 1,047 views.

Welcome to all of you visiting our blog, we hope you enjoy it!  The countries that visit our blog the MOST are:

United States with 13,851 visits.
Russia with 531
Canada with 505
United Kingdom with 369
Australia with 347
and others!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Purses and Show and Tell

A while back we had a little mini class at our sewing session.  Below you will see some of the really neat purses the ladies made.

Modeling their new handbags are Maggie, Deb, Carol and Joann.

Getting a little guidance.

Terry and Mary sporting their new purses.

Sheila made a different purse called Raspberry Ripple, which she brought in for show and tell.

Carol has completed her mystery quilt.

Sheila has finished her mystery quilt as well.  Always fun to see how different they all look, with the various fabric selections.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

AQS Paducah Winners

About a dozen of us went down to the AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky last week.  A good time was had by all, with more details and pictures to follow.  If you would like to see the many beautiful winning quilts check them out here.  I am sure you will be inspired by the creativity you will see.