Monday, March 9, 2015

Lee Heinrich Trunk Show

We were pleased to host Lee Heinrich, co-author of Vintage Quilt Revival and blogger at for a trunk show at the Page School in West Newbury last Saturday. Lee's quilts were as delightful as she was.

After Laura introduced Lee, she began by telling us how she began her journey into quilting. She didn't grow up sewing though her mother did. One day, Lee saw Denyse Schmidt on an episode of Martha Stewart Living and the designs appealed to the graphic designer in her.

 It was only after Lee began knitting in the early 2000s that she became more acquainted with the handmade arts. Lee characterized knitting as her "gateway drug" to quilting.

When her mother decided to upgrade her own sewing machine, Lee inherited the old one and was on her way.

Lee explained her use of her graphic design training in her quilt design, often using bold directional lines and and patterns that forsake borders for elements that spill off the edges.

Blogging led to sew alongs, then books and pattern designs. She explained that she believed that "modern quilting" was a spectrum with room for many interpretations and traditional elements.

Lee answered questions on technique, sewing space and process. 

Raffle prizes were drawn and Melanie won the signed book from Lee along with a solid bundle featured inside. Robin also won a book and Diane won the QuiltCon swag bag.

Some up close ooh'ing and ahh'ing was in order when the trunk show was over.

Thanks to Lee who was gracious and entertaining. Thanks to Nancy and Barbara who played Vanna White with the quilts. Thanks to all those who brought goodies and beverages.

Next meeting will be a raffle quilt sew-in at the Old Town Hall, Main Street, West Newbury, MA

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