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Thread: Quilting quote from Doreen Speckmann

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    Quilting quote from Doreen Speckmann

    Saw this on a blog this morning, and it made me laugh....so true! I am pulling my pretties and cutting into them!!!

    The late Doreen Speckmann used to tell her quilt students to use the good stuff first. “If you don’t, when you die your family will turn that fabulous batik you’ve been saving into a clown costume.”

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    I always enjoyed Doreen so much. As I understand it, she died doing what she loved-- Dancing while on a cruise! She was a gem.

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    She was one of a kind.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    It really is so true.
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    That is so true! My sister that quilts has asked that her UFO's get finished, and her fabric get split up 'tween those of us that would use it. Hopefully it ill be a long, long time before we need to deal with that.

    I thought about doing what I read in a book once, put peoples names on each project even if you aren't making something for them so when you die everyone thinks you were making a quilt for them... only works if you have LOTS of UFO's hehehe Actually I wouldn't do that, but thought it was funny
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    I use to watch every quilt show that had Doreen Speckmann as guest. She was a great quilt teacher. Her story about the original log cabin chicken pincushion is hilarious.

    I'm on my way to a quilt retreat today and guess what? I packed all my favorite fabric to cut up for log cabin strips. What good is it sitting on my shelf or in a bin? Too nice to use? That makes no sense.

    I have seen so many of my quilt guild members that have died and their stash all go to a yard sale, or sale at guild, and yes even in the dumpster. Everyone of them had made the statement my DH, kids, etc. know what I want done with my sewing items. Don't count on anything you want done being done unless it's iron clad in a will.
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    "I'm on my way to a quilt retreat today and guess what? I packed all my favorite fabric to cut up for log cabin strips. What good is it sitting on my shelf or in a bin? Too nice to use? That makes no sense."

    Good for you!!!! And won't it be a gorgeous quilt with all of your special fabrics in it??? Have a wonderful time!

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    Now that would most assuredly bring me back to do some mean haunting-No sleep for fabric abusers So I guess I will pull all my special fabrics and see what they want to be.

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    I'm guilty of not using the good stuff and running to the store to buy fabric because I don't want to cut up my good stuff. Starting today I'm pledging to use the good stuff.

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    I have a project box for each one of my family (DH, 2 sons and 4 DGDs). I use the clear scrapbook (14") project boxes. Their names are on each box. Holds the yardage and patterns. I don't have the batting and backing but the starts.
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    That is so true! My sister that quilts has asked that her UFO's get finished, and her fabric get split up 'tween those of us that would use it. Hopefully it ill be a long, long time before we need to deal with that.

    I thought about doing what I read in a book once, put peoples names on each project even if you aren't making something for them so when you die everyone thinks you were making a quilt for them... only works if you have LOTS of UFO's hehehe Actually I wouldn't do that, but thought it was funny

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    I was privileged to take a class with Doreen and she was, indeed, hilarious! So glad she came into my life. Every time I see the fabric I used in her class, I think of her.

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    Hi, everyone, this post inspired my transformation from a lurker to a member! I enjoyed reading your comments about Doreen. She is my cousin, our moms were sisters so our families were with each other quite a lot. My plan was to take lessons from her after I retired, but, alas, she didn't wait for me. So now I'm learning from all of you!

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    I think we need a "LIKE" button, like on Facebook.

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    I don't know who this special lady is (was)! I will look on YouTube videos to see if she has any postings.

    Oh..... I remember peaky and spike but didn't remember the ladies name......sorry.

    And yes to a like button!
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    I learned so much from her book, "Pattern Play."

    It is one of my favorite books!

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    Thanks so much for the laugh! She was a special lady. Too bad I never got to take a class with her.
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    I never got to take a class with her either, but I have her Peaky and Spike templates. I like the quote! About 10 years ago her daughter displayed some of her quilts here and was selling them. I was so tempted to buy one as a remembrance but unfortunately they were quite pricey.
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    Welcome JoynMN. Hope you continue to visit.

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    Hello JoynMN! How nice to hear that you are now a part of this wonderful community! And hopefully you share your quilting adventures with us....I leaned a lot from your Aunt, but never had the good fortune of meeting her in person. Always enjoyed her sense of humor!

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    That is something that many of us should take seriously. I shall. Starting now!

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