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    Got a dozen or so of her books and have watched her on TV for about 10 years now. I haven't made anything out of her books yet but plan on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MostlyMaja
    I don't know who Elanor Burns is. I'm gonna find out though.
    You may like to try this link: http://quiltinaday.com/theater/library.html

    Watching those videos replaces many courses.
    Don't get fooled by her talkative style! Everyone of her measurements fits, everyone of her methods works, and she does not leave out anything.

    Once I had learned to appreciate her style of teaching I also bought three of her books (seconds on sale). The instructions in her books are very detailed, accurate and helpful. From yardage tables to the way to make bindings, everything is complete and well-organized, nothing is left to chance.

    I sure admire this lady. Besides, she seems to have a heart for those of us who can't spend a hell of a lot of money on everything nice we see. Watching her videos will give you all the details you need to get started without books, expensive quilting courses, etc. and make some nice quilts in the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    I like her quilting techniques and her teaching style - makes it look easy. But I have not read any of her books on quilt history. I was not aware she had written any. I will have to look for them.
    Most of her newer books have some history in them.
    Victory Quilts is about WWII
    Underground Railroad is about the slaves and the 'underground railroad'
    and others.....
    Great reading and inspirational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    I like her quilting techniques and her teaching style - makes it look easy. But I have not read any of her books on quilt history. I was not aware she had written any. I will have to look for them.
    Most of her newer books have some history in them.
    Victory Quilts is about WWII
    Underground Railroad is about the slaves and the 'underground railroad'
    and others.....
    Great reading and inspirational.
    Yes, I have her book "Victory Quilts".

    Aside from the unique photographs, she writes for example how American Guilds made quilts for war-torn Europe. On one introductory page (with very great illustrations) she describes how people lived in those difficult WWII days.

    In another video she talks about the way quilters communicated through their quilts to help slaves on their way from the South to safer places up North.

    The video series "Stars Across America" tells about famous First Ladies and a few famous American women.

    Now, you could say this is not really 'history'.
    But then, most of what is dished out in 'history' books is nothing but spruced up legend with little relevance to the lives of Americans. I am more interested in the history of real people and their often heroic lives than wars and battles. Therefore, I enjoy Eleanor Burns' excursions into the past (if you don't want to consider it history).

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i really respect her for rising from pinching pennies to leading a huge quilting empire.
    I have met her in person and I think her life story has inspired me more as a woman then anything published by her. She is very nice in person.

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    The first 5 minutes or so of each of her programs is spent showing you quilts and giving you their history. The first quilts I ever made were at a quilting weekend and the lady giving it showed us how to do two quilt tops following the directions in her books. Everyone finished both quilts.

    She is probably the best quilt teacher out there especially for a beginner or anyone who needs a liitle help learning new techniques. She shows lots of great time saving techniques for making quilts. I've watched almost every video in her media theater, have some of the DVDs and I'm hoping to acquire more of her templates and rulers. She makes it all seem easy.

    Her personal experience and work ethics are an example to everyone, especially anyone trying to raise a couple of children alone. I have a tremendous respect for her as a woman, mother, role model and teacher.

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    Eleanor Burns is my favorite quilting person. I really love her books as the instructions are easy and do contain a bit of history as well. Her teaching methods make it easy for even the newest quilter to understand. I have never met her but hope to some day.

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    love her
    Quote Originally Posted by thelondonzoo
    As a women's history student I would like to know, how has Eleanor Burns's books about vintage quilts helped you in your understanding of women's history? Did you learn some history from her books? Have you been inspired to make a vintage-style quilt because of something you read in her books? Do you even LIKE Eleanor Burns? LOL I'm really looking forward to your answers. :) Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean1941
    Her Log Cabin in a Day seems to be one of the easiest patterns I have read. I have going on a retreat in a few days and I am going to make the lap size
    That's the first quilt I made nearly 30 years ago. Her book and methods got me hooked, er addicted.

    :thumbup:

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    I love Eleanor Burns!

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    I always watch and record her shows. I have learned about quilting from her. Her books are so easy to follow and you always get a history lesson when watching her on TV. I did meet her at Paducah a few years ago and she is a charming person.

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    We visited her shop while on vacation in CA a few years ago. I was a bit intimidated with the thought of meeting such a celebrity, but she was the most gracious, friendly lady. She was teaching a class but still took the time to greet us, pose for a picture, and give a short tour of her TV studeo. Such a down-to-earth person. She helped revolutionize quilting and will recorded in history herself because of her influence.

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    When I started quilting in 1973, there were few books out there, mostly published in the 1930s and 40s. My inspiration was a scene remembered from my childhood of my mother chain piecing on her old machine and my brother clipping them apart. I was jealous but he got to do it.

    Anyway, Eleanor and I developed together over the years. When I discovered the rotary cutter and her book on Quilt in a Day, my production really took off.

    As for her take on history, well I'm a history buff based in real stories and experience and have the college credits too. So on my list of quilt heros are the people who kept this craft alive and the 1974 exhibit that raised everyone's awareness of quilts as folk art. So I could cite a long list of people responsible for the quilt revival and their contributions but Burns would be way down there.

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    I love Eleanor Burns. Her techniques, patterns and books are wonderful. A great help to the beginner or advanced quilter.

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    She was the one that inspired me to start quilting. She made it look so easy and fun. I love listening to her story as she is making the quilt. It may not impact me on what quilts I make but it does give bring history a little more alive and personal.

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    In the quilt world, she is an absolute jewel. Her books are so easy to follow and her patterns and methods of construction are just the best. Her addition of oddments of history and her own family history make wonderful reading and make you feel like you have known her forever and she is your friend. Even the addition of recipes are great. I have made her lemon/raisin scones several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GABBYABBY
    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBooper
    I absolutetly love Eleanor Burns! She is my favorite. She makes things very simple in her books and I have learned a lot from her. I can't wait to meet her one day!
    Me too!!!
    Me, three! When I first saw her show, I laughed at her throwing fabric over her shoulder.......now I watch it every chance I get! (And my DH knows not to interrupt me while watching her) :thumbup:

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    I learned to quilt from her tv shows. I have several books.
    She and Kaye Woods are still my favorites.

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    In spite of the sugary style, Eleanor Burns conveys an appreciation for the rural women in our heritage. She is genuine in her admiration for her ancestors, and the information she shares makes me reflect on the gifts and talents of the women in my family who have gone before me.

    When I quilt, I feel connected to my grandmothers, and Eleanor Burns promotes that feeling. The only thing that makes me feel more connected than quilting is carrying water (literally, not figuratively).

    Dayle

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    Me too!!!! She makes me smile and I have a lot of her books nd videos
    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBooper
    I absolutetly love Eleanor Burns! She is my favorite. She makes things very simple in her books and I have learned a lot from her. I can't wait to meet her one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GABBYABBY
    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBooper
    I absolutetly love Eleanor Burns! She is my favorite. She makes things very simple in her books and I have learned a lot from her. I can't wait to meet her one day!
    Me too!!!
    Me too :thumbup:

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    I have seen heron tv and love the lightness she adds to the craft. Her patterns are very straight forward .

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    Love her!

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    I met her 2 weeks ago at a quilt show in Lincoln, NE while visiting there. She is as nice in person as on her shows. I chatted with her for a few minutes and she was giving out tote bags and was signing them so I got one of those. She has eyes that seem to be always smiling. She indulged in picture taking with some of the people who stopped by her booth.

    Pat

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    I was fortunate enough to take a class in Paducah that she taught and it was fabulous. She is so down to earth and what a sense of humor. She had us laughing constantly while learning great quilting techniques. I DVR her shows and enjoy the background information she gives on the quilts. It really helps you feel connected to older family quilters. I love that her books give the information for any size you want to make.

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