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Thread: On seeing Eleanor Burns

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    Senior Member Nonna Judi's Avatar
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    I just returned from Lincoln, Nebraska where I went to the National Quilt Museum on the campus of ther Univ. of Nebraska. Eleanor Burns was there to give a talk on quilting history and do a "bed turning" to show off many of the antique quilts from her collection. She gave the history of each quilt she had and in many instances showed the Quilt in a Day version she had devised to simplify the process. I drove 7 hours each way from Denver and it was well worth the trip. I have been as giddy as a school girl, you would think I never went anywhere, lol. If you ever get an opportunity to see her, do it! She is not only a hoot, but as down to earth as can be. One would never guess this woman sigle handedly started a multi-million dollar quilting empire. Thanks for listening. I just had to tell people who would understand!

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    I've met her before also, and she really is down to earth. She'll stop and talk to you, and is very friendly. (Unlike Karen McTavish, tried to talk to her two seperate times and was snubbed both times.

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    I just love El. She went through alot to be the quilter she became.

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    I would love to meet her someday too!

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    Love her quilt patterns even I can make them with no problem! LOL Would love to meet her!

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    I've met her many times in Paducah. She doesn't hide behind a booth, she's out and mingles with everyone. She never stops smiling and the lady has a picture taken with someone every ten seconds. She stops whatever she's doing and gives you a big smile.

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    Oh yes, Eleanor Burns is great. As the saying goes "She has come a long way baby". I feel fortunate to have seen her several times. Her sister, Pat Knoechel, used to come to our quilt guild and give book reviews and demos . She always had a big stack of quilts and wall hangings for "show & tell". Very entertaining, then we could buy books and rulers (at a reduced rate) and it was great. Ruth

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    you are so fortunate to have been in her presence. she is a wonderful person.

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    I met her in Lancaster at the AQS show. She is incredibly gracious- nearly to the point of exhaustion. I have to admit the first time I saw her TV show many years ago I found her manner a bit grating. It reminded me of a Kindergarden teacher I'd had who oversimplified everything. Got past that and found she was excellent at simplifying the math and patterns for quilters of all abilities. I'm sure she started a lot of quilters on their paths with her well photographed step by step books and rulers. Her son Ryan is also very personable. Glad you met her!

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    What a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing it. Hope to be able to see her one day; she's my favorite.

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    I had the privilege of meeting her in Paducah several years ago. That is STILL the highlight of my trip. She is a keeper! I have several of her books and my goal is to collect them all.

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    I would like to meet her one day too. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    I would love to meet her someday too!
    Me too!! She's awesome!!

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    She gave a talk in our area several years ago and we all loved it and her.

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    I have several of her books. She has sure "come a long way baby".!!!! LOve Her!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe
    I met her in Lancaster at the AQS show. She is incredibly gracious- nearly to the point of exhaustion. I have to admit the first time I saw her TV show many years ago I found her manner a bit grating. It reminded me of a Kindergarden teacher I'd had who oversimplified everything. Got past that and found she was excellent at simplifying the math and patterns for quilters of all abilities. I'm sure she started a lot of quilters on their paths with her well photographed step by step books and rulers. Her son Ryan is also very personable. Glad you met her!
    I think that's because she used to be a kindergarten teacher. I think that's the way I remember her beginnings.

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    I'd love to meet her, she seems like a hoot on the videos I've seen of her.

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    I would love to meet her also. She seems so nice on TV. Maybe someday that ship will come in too. :lol: :lol:
    Thanks for sharing. I am glad that you had an AWESOME time.

    debra

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    She is my idol.
    She worked in special education in Pennsylvania and she has dyslexia according to an article in a quilt magazine that I cut out.
    She explained on one of her shows why she throws scraps over her shoulder.
    When starting out in videos while filming they told her not to use the scrap basket just get rid of them. So she threw them over her shoulder.
    I love watching videos on her website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe
    I met her in Lancaster at the AQS show. She is incredibly gracious- nearly to the point of exhaustion. I have to admit the first time I saw her TV show many years ago I found her manner a bit grating. It reminded me of a Kindergarden teacher I'd had who oversimplified everything. Got past that and found she was excellent at simplifying the math and patterns for quilters of all abilities. I'm sure she started a lot of quilters on their paths with her well photographed step by step books and rulers. Her son Ryan is also very personable. Glad you met her!
    Her manner of speaking used to annoy me too until I heard her say she was a special ed teacher. I bet the kids loved her. She has a book/pattern I saw at Joanns named after her son, Orions Star.

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    I just love watching her! I have tons of her DVDs, and I put them on if I'm down in the dumps... something about her just cheers me up so much. I would love to attend a class with her someday.

    I just have to make a comment about Karen McTavish also. I took her domestic machine class at MQX last year, and I loved her... she was extremely helpful to all of us in the class, and very informative. She is a little bit different in personality from other quilting teachers I have had in the past, maybe a little more reserved and not so happy-go-lucky, but I did enjoy her as well.

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    love her books, I've got several of them. Barb

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