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    Latest about Mary Ellen Hopkins

    I received the following email from a close friend and schedule minder of Mary Ellen's just yesterday. She was responding to my concern for news. Now we know the real, up-to-date information. How I miss her!

    "Hi Jan,
    Mary Ellen is alive and doing fine in CA near [her son].
    She lives in a retirement community, plays bingo and wins and loves it.
    She has retired from the quilt world about 2 years ago. Just too much for
    such a little lady. She does knit and crochet up a storm constantly. I
    am sure she would love to hear from you. She is hard of hearing but I
    know she would remember you.
    Hope you are still in the quilt world. I am and still having a good time.
    Nice to hear from you. J--"

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    Thank you for the update. He books were the inspiration of my "utility" quilts...use them--don't save 'em!

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    So many new quilters do not know about Mary Ellen. She was so real and practical in her quilt making and teaching. There is not a well know quilter today that could hold a candle to her other then Eleanor Burns.
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    I had a chance to attend a Mary Ellen Hopkins lecture and she was a *riot*! Had us all rolling in the aisles with laughter.

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    I remember watching her on tv. She was quite intertaining. How can I get her address? I would love to send her a card.

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    My husband's aunt gifted me with her copy of "It's OK to Sit on My Quilt." A great book that taught me so much about how blocks are constructed. So glad she shared her expertise with the quilting world.

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    Who are you talking about?
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    3incollege,
    Check this out, might help ya
    http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Ellen-Hopkins/e/B001JS4GE8
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    I have been quilting for 45 - 46 years and I never heard of her. Of course, there are lots of quilt book authors I haven't heard of. I started out with quilts in magazines and the traditional nine patch blocks. Only the last 10 or so years did I start buying quilt books.
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    I also attended 2 of her workshops. She was a riot and I have most of her books. At the time I was just learning to quilt and she was my inspiration and still is.

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    Her "It's Okay if You Sit On My Quilt Book" - is one of the BEST, in my opinion. It's one I've actually gone through more than once. It has a very practical, functional approach to quilt making.

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    Newbies probably don't know about Georgia Bonesteel, Sharleen Jorgenson, Billie Lauder, or Kaye Wood. All but Billie had quilt tv shows way before Alex Anderson and Fons and Porter. You tube has many of the shows and Billie's tricks to shortcut quilting.
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    I'd love to send her a card. Wouldn't it be cool if we all send cards to her? We could flood her with cards to brighten her day. Where should we send it?
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    I would love to send her a card. Even if we can't get her personal address, perhaps someone would collect the cards and get them to her.

    Mary Ellen Hopkins is my favorite quilter. She taught me to enjoy what I am doing and also have some simple projects to do as mindless sewing. I have her books hole punched (local print shop) and together in a large three ring binder.

    Our small quilting group just put together three scrappy lap quilts of my 3.5 inch blocks (9 patch, 4 patch, and half square triangles) for donation to our local VA hospital. The fourth quilt went to my DH, retired Navy vet, who appreciates our quilting for charity.

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    I love Mary Ellen, I made a beautiful HUGE stack and whack per her instructions from an appearance on Alex Anderson's show Simply Quilts. She was always so fiesty and full of spunk, she made quilting fun! I think she would so love to get a nice collection of cards from fans. I'd love to be able to Thank her for such quilting inspiration.
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    Wasnt she the first one to make connecting corners a popular method of adding triangles to square corners?

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    Mary Ellen was the one who introduced the idea of "one's personal seam allowance" as well as refer to the rotary cutter as the "quilters pizza cutter". We had an almost tradition that when we saw each other coming down an aisle at a quilt show we would throw our arms wide and run toward each other and embrase, like they did in the 40's movies. She got me into machine quilting by inviting me to her shop to work privately with her machine quilting teacher. I still have the piece. She owned a shop in Santa Monica Ca called "Crazy Ladies and Friends".
    If you can get a copy of her "Its Ok To Sit on My Quilt" I recommend it. So much information in the book.

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    Mary Ellen was such a good teacher and made it all so much fun. I loved her and have wondered about her. Happy to hear she is still enjoying life!!.

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    I had to read to know who she is too. But, when I read the Title "Its Okay To Sit On My Quilts" I recognized that! So glad she is doing well!! Its hard to give up something you love. But, sometimes age does that to us.
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    I often wondered what happenned to her. I loved watching her on TV, she was a riot! Glad to get the update.

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    I learned to quilt the Mary Ellen way the ppm measurement which was personal private measurement and consistently always worked I have most of her books and she called the rotary cutter the whizzy whacker now they talk about the scant quarter inch what in the world is that I use my quarter inch foot and it still works

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    Mary Ellen Hopkins

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    Was just thinking about her yesterday as I was going through one of her many books. Just loved her on television for her personality and quilting expertise. So glad she is alive and well. Quite a wonderful lady.
    Thank you so much for the good news!

    Joan from Shenandoah Valley in Virginia

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    Just ordered her book, "Its Ok To Sit on My Quilt"!

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    I met Mary Ellen when she came to Australia in 2004. As others have said she was a riot. Only tiny but certainly fiesty. We all stayed extra time as she had us enthralled with her stories. If some one is going to collect card for her I'd like to include one.

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    I must say that I have never heard of her, and I have been quilting for years, but the book sounds great. I just ordered one online for $3. Looks like money well spent.

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