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    I love Eleanor Burns and actually started quilting because I watched her show and thought "I can do that"!!!! Just brought my Egg Money Sampler quilt to the Long Arm Quilter this weekend. I can't wait to see how it comes out. The book had a lot of historical info and recipes. I enjoyed doing the sampler one lap sized quilt. Her instructions are very easy to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MargeD
    I love Eleanor Burns. She has given me new information about some American history, and her patterns are very clear and easy to follow. I think she's a role model for all women. Her husband left her with 2 small children to raise and she has worked long and hard to become such a good quilt teacher. She teaches us to quilt and she adds humor to all she does. How could you not like her?
    I love her too. My first EB quilt in a Day was a trip around the world. In the beginning of the book she gave credit to her ex-husband for finding the methods she/her company uses to streamline quilt making. I found that refreshing. After making that quilt I attended a weekend retreat where she taught a class. She was a good teacher and so nice, making sure all in the class got to have a picture with her if they wanted it. She autographed everyone's book(Day and Night) that we were working from. I even bought a machine that she autographed. She is a hoot, especially at her trunk show. Her voice just makes me smile(unlike Julia Child who I couldn't stand). She has many good quilting tips and techniques.

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    Eleanor is great! She explains how to quilt in a very down to earth way, so that even my 7 year old grandaughter can follow her directions.

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    Definitely, I met her at one of the quilt shows and she is very very nice.

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    I LOVE Eleanor's techniques, but the kindergarden teacher voice makes me crazy. I love her DVDs - can watch her anytime. The people that work with her, call her Miss Eleanor and adore her too!

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    I always liked EB and her patterns, and she is quite helpful for new quilters. However, I had a whole new respect for her when I attended a program at her shop in California recently. She was broke, divorced and had 2 small children whom she had to support. She told the group how she even had her kids help her "dumpster dive" for usable goods. She found a job at the local town rec center teaching quilt-making, so had to run home and whip up 2 sample place mats in order to show that she could actually quilt. Her classes soon became so popular that she wrote manuals (then books) to assist the students, and her classes tripled. Now, her adult sons and other family members work with her in her business. What a great success story of hard work, humility and determination!

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    I love her and her quilts. She is an inspiration and living the "when life gives you scraps, make quilts" adage. Keep tossing those scraps Eleanor!
    PS, I have made 8 log cabin quilts from her pattern.

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    I do like Eleanor Burns. She finds easier ways to do some of the more difficult jobs in piecing (Y seams, curved seams, etc). She explains things well and makes producing a quilt easier. I can't get with her flinging scraps over her shoulder, but that appears to have become her trademark.

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    I think she has a lot to contribute and has a great following...I personally can not listen to her voice for very long...sorry Eleanor! But she knows her stuff!

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    I definatley love Eleanor Burns. I have done the Underground Railroad. She has some of the easiest techniques. I try to apply these techniques when doing all my quilts. I was fortunate to meet her in person in Nashville a few years back and she signed my Victory Quilts book. I am trying to have a collection of all her books. I also tape her show on RFDTV and enjoy watching her work and tell her stories.PS I also went to a seminar way back and I must say she is hilarious but educational as well.

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    The first SunBonnet Sue and Sam quilt I did was from the instructions from Eleanor Burns: She sure makes it easy to follow her steps:: I have a book from 1979 Second Edition - Quilt in A Day log cabin pattern: She has signed it and I would never part with it::: Seen her a few times on TV but we do not get her shows here in N.C. anymore:::

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    EB is the bomb! I love that woman and repsect her for who she is. I have watched her show from the time she was in the attic. She has taught me just about everything I know about quilting. She is brilliant! Every once in a while when my husband is watching I just have to throw the scraps over my shoulder. He knows exactly what I am doing and smiles as he has seen her show while I've watched. I hope to meet her in person someday as she seems so sweet and down to earth. AND WHAT IS ALL THIS CRAP ABOUT THE VOICE GOD GAVE HER! Must we all be so perfect?

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    I have met El in Nashville & 3 yrs in a row at the Houston Show. She is the same every day and is just like she is in her SHows & videos. At the Shows she acts like she has all day to stand and chat while the line grows and grows with people wanting her to sign this or to just talk with her. Amazes me! And she never stops smiling because she is as excited to be amongst all of thoe quilters as we are. I do not know how he does it.

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    I've been watching a "Quilt In A Day" series on RFD TV (channel 231) on Dish TV. Eleanor does a great job teaching quick techniques for piecing!
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    Eleanor Burns has always been my fav; however, thought her Trip Around the World was too complicated. After making several laps a friend suggested just making them in quarters and joining them using Eleanors method. Piece of cake!

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    EB reminds me of my first grade teacher. I have a couple of her books but more for pattern than instruction. I do not agree with many of her methods because I feel that they are very wasteful which is in conflict with the concept of using up or reusing fabrics. What I see in her programs is very basic and for some a good place to start learning about quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie V View Post
    EB reminds me of my first grade teacher. I have a couple of her books but more for pattern than instruction. I do not agree with many of her methods because I feel that they are very wasteful which is in conflict with the concept of using up or reusing fabrics. What I see in her programs is very basic and for some a good place to start learning about quilts.

    I personally don't see any waste in her " method"...... She originally was a school teacher I understand, and that is indeed reflected in her method. I have all of her books, and a few DVDs and actually two video tapes....should have those made into CDs ...and have never had a problem following her instructions....she breaks down patterns into a doable, understandable technique. PS..after I wrote this I realized the original post is quite old....but anyway. VIVA EB!!!!!!

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    I met her at a show in Knoxville, she is lovely. I modified her summer porch quilt, enlarged it and like her methods for accurate piecing.

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    I've taken two classes from Eleanor and had lunch and dinner with her several times at Quilts Around Chautauqua. She is just like you see her on TV. It's like having your best friend over for coffee. She can talk to you about anything. We discussed kids, grandkids, ex-husbands, quilting, you name it. I have met several top names at Chautauqua, and she is the friendliest, most down to earth of all I've met. Wonderful sense of humor!
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    Eleanor Burns is an inspiration to women in her own right. Abandoned by her husband and left to raise two small boys on her own, she is an American success story featuring hard work, perseverance, and creativity. I admire her so much for pulling herself out of a bad situation by building her business, Quilt in a Day. The bonus is that we all reap the benefits of her contributions to the quilting community.

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    I've been sewing since about the second grade, but really got into quilting when my chicks flew the nest. I began using a few of the quilt in a day books, then went off on my own. Her instructions on how to quilt were a strong start, but I don't recall getting any history from her. I am very interested in women's history and the "Egg Money Quilt" sounds really good to me. I'm going to check Barnes & Noble and Amazon to see what else she has written! Good luck in your research.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    I liked her a lot and have some of her books. But watching one of her webinears [?] she was making fun of the way we southerners talk. Didn't go over to well with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eva Knight View Post
    I liked her a lot and have some of her books. But watching one of her webinears [?] she was making fun of the way we southerners talk. Didn't go over to well with me.
    ....I'm sorry but what is a webinear......new word for me. Thanks

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