As promised, here's the link to the pics of me doing the program at my quilt guild that I belong to. I was the program speaker for the January meeting. Basically, it was just a trunk show of me talking about quilting, how I got into it, and showing my quilts and stuff that I've made. It was a lot of fun! We had a large attendance that night (71) members, which is larger than normal, so I was pretty nervous. Anyway, here's the link to the pics:
And here's a write up from the guild Newsletter:
JANUARY PROGRAM NOTES
By Eddie Landreth
Otherwise known as:
EDDIE’S SPEED QUILTING
(I mean like really fast)
Who is Eddie Landreth, you ask? Well if you
haven’t been to guild meetings much in the last few
months, you might not have met him. If you have
attended, you know Eddie as the new guy that always
brings one or two quilts to Show and Tell.
Eddie started quilting in May of 2009. Yes, that’s
right. He’s been quilting for only nine months. In that
short time he has completed over 25 quilts. He showed
us many of them with the help of his lovely Vanna
(actually his wife, Melissa, who has also recently
joined the guild). Patterns and/or fabric packets he
showed us included: Disappearing 9-Patch, Cathedral
Window, Friendship Daughter, Saratoga Star,Wildflower
Serenade, Cashmere, Hidden Star, Gypsy Rose,
Piece of Pie, Bowtie, and Portugal Charm Pack.
Now, let’s learn more about Eddie. He lives in
Benton, attended UALR and has a degree in Computer
Science. So where did he get this sudden interest in
quilts? Like many of us, did he grow up sleeping and
playing under quilts made by our mothers and grandmothers?
No. He became interested after being at a
park where the Saline County Quilters had an exhibit.
He then went to a Hastings bookstore and bought a
magazine on quilting. Then it was off to Wal-Mart to
find fabric to make a quilt from the magazine. Thus
he became a quiltmaker. He saw a sewing machine as
just another tool he could learn to use.
Eddie soon determined that he was a “finisher.”
He likes to buy charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cake
fabric packets and then put them together in traditional
patterns. He finds that getting perfectly
matched points can be frustrating. He also experienced
“sticker shock” when purchasing his first sewing
machine; and then again when he needed to upgrade
to something “Bigger.” He now uses a Brother QC
1000. He completes his quilts entirely by machine.
After pin basting, he machine quilts and then attaches
the binding and fastens it by stitching in the ditch
from the front of the Quilt. Eddie even uses his
scraps, making pincushions and pot holders. His
description of free motion quilting on a home machine
is, “It’s like handling a wet monkey in a bathtub.”
An important question from the audience: “Will
this Quilting Phase pass?” Both Eddie and Melissa
think it is here to stay. Eddie has been a painter since
his teenage years. Now he can put his artistic talents
to work making more and more of these lovely quilts.
Thanks, Eddie, for such an amazing program.
We’re so glad you found quilting and Arkansas