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Thread: Whatever happened to Mary Ellen Hopkins???

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    Junior Member bmanley's Avatar
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    I used to see her on "Simply Quilts" and just love her. I have not seen anything about Mary Ellen, Billie Lauder (might be misspelled) or Jean Wells. Does anyone know what they might be doing now? I really miss those quilting shows. :-(

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    I have seen Billi Lauder in videos on Quilters tv :D

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    If you Google them there should be info :)

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    Mary Ellen Hopkins had such good advice - her It's Okay if You Sit on My Quilts book is excellent - I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Mary Ellen Hopkins had such good advice - her It's Okay if You Sit on My Quilts book is excellent - I highly recommend it.
    I have one of her Kansas connector books. I do not have the book you mentioned but might have to check this one out. She is so cute and funny. Great teacher also. :D

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    Mary Ellen Hopkins was not a young woman the last I saw of her. I vagely remember hearing about her getting into some trouble over remarks she made. Perhaps she is deceased or no longer able to be active in the quilt world.
    I think I have her book about sitting on my quilt. I liked her attitude about the quilt police.

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    She's probably around 76 years old, if she is still alive but not too long ago I heard she had passed away.

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    I wasn't able to find anything recent about her when I googled her.

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    She gave a lecture at a guild June, 2009.

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    I sure hope she is still with us. :-( I haven't been able to find out anything. I knew she was in her 70's but she seemed so lively and active. Thanks to all of you for your response.

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    I saw Billie Lauder in her booth at the quilt show in Paducah this past
    April. I think she has a schedule posted on her web site http://www.easymade.com

    I had also heard that Mary Ellen Hopkins passed away & I thought I saw Jean Wells name on a quilting cruise but not sure.

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    If she has died I'm sure some of the quilting websites or blogs would have posted the news. Not many of the newer quilters know who she is.

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    Jean Wells owns a quilt shop in Sisters, Oregon called The Stitchin Post. They organize the quilt show there every July. She has a daughter who writes quilt books and also designs fabrics - I think her name is Valorie Wells.

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    I ran into Billie at the quilt show in Hersey last year. and Mary Ellen in Pa. also , not sure of the exact date. :? :

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    HERE TOO AND ALEX, I PLAY THEN INSTEAD OF THE RADIO.

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    In a 2005 newsletter, a VT guild newsletter refers to an upcoming lecture Mary Ellen was going to be doing. In that article, it says she is 76. That would make her 81 now.

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    Here is her website.
    http://www.maryellenhopkins.com/
    She seems to be alive and well.

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    The site was last updated a year ago, with the last scheduled program being at Road to California last January. I hope somebody finds something current!

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    I looked on the Mary Ellen site which was updated in August 09 and it looks as if she is live and well. YEA. I really like her and wish she would show up on a quilting show somewhere..... :D

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    I received this today:


    Hearthside Quilters Nook wrote:
    "Mary Ellen is doing fine. She is living in Southern California spending lot's of time with family and friends."

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