Sew, What's Up

Sew What’s Up Presents

The Sew What’s New Archive

This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: Patty22
Date: 10-03-2006, 08:15 PM (1 of 5)
Robbie Fanning? Anyone remember Robbie? She wrote one of the very first books on machine quilting?

How about Jeffrey Gutcheon? He owned Gutcheon Patchworks and had a beautiful line of fabric....His x, Beth, wrote one of the early books on quilting.

Diana Leone? Does anyone remember her?

How about Chris Wolf Edmonds? Gail van der Hoof? Joan Kessler?

I have 18 signature blocks from 1988 for a quilt. I was going through my things today trying to find other fabric and came across them. Now, I'm like a kid ripping them out of the chimney sweep blocks I had made and setting them into another design. Then I went ripping through papers to find the letters that went with the blocks. Helen Kelley wrote one of the funniest stories about coming through my town when she was just married and eating at one of the "famous" restaurants...I'll have to post that one.....

Bonnie Leman....Michael James......Jean Ray Laury........Fons and Porter...........Marsha McCloskey....

Once I get my applique border made, I'll post a picture.

Tell me that some of you remember these quilters??
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-03-2006, 08:27 PM (2 of 5)
Nope! You must be showing your age.... errr I mean experience!
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Sancin
Date: 10-03-2006, 10:39 PM (3 of 5)
Patty, on the sewing machine forum, Pam talked about how sewing machines have changed. I happen to have Robbie Fanning's book on machine embroidery and was looking through it last week. The new machines certainly make many of her techniques seem out of date. And the book does not have the delicious colour photos most quilting books have today. I did see her as coauthor in a book I saw on line when I was looking for Claire Shaeffer titles, but didn't note the date.

Interesting. I wonder what some of the creative quilters who started writing and publishing think of quilting today - and how many are still quilting and sewing. There should be a site for biographies on these unique pioneers. Yet another suggestions, Mary! :dave:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: Patty22
Date: 10-04-2006, 08:43 AM (4 of 5)
These are the signature blocks I have:
Jeffrey Gutcheon, Michael James (a personal favorite and he is the head of the Quilt Study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Marsha McCloskey (famous for her feathered stars), Jan Snelling (she had the Vermont Patchworks and helped design quilts for the Vermont Quilt Festival), Penny McMorris (she had one of the first PBS quilt shows on quilting long before her EQ days and wrote a wonderful book on Crazy Quilting), Marianne Fons and Liz Porter (they still are around with their Love of Quilting), Chris Wolf Edmonds (Quilt designers and author), Robbie Fanning (machine quilting pioneer), Gail van der Hoof (she was the better half of Jonathon Holstein - they started the quilting revival in a way with their exhibit at the Whitney in the '70's with quilts as art - I think she was the real artist), Nancy Ann Sobel (won quite a few big AQS top prizes and lived a couple of towns over), Joyce Schlotzhauer (designer and devised the curved method piecing ogees), Helen Kelley (quiltmaker and wrote articles for QNM), Jean Ray Laury (the funny woman of quiltmaking) Diana Leone (author and designed fabric for Kona Bay), Joan Kessler (fabric designer for Concord - I think she broke the ground getting some of the companies to break away from the little floral prints that were the only designs available), Bonnie Leman ( original QNM editor ), and Georgia Bonesteel (lap quilting author and she had a program on TV).

Then going through another box, I found another signature - Patricia Cox (baltimore album/applique quilter). how am I going to get that signature in there? Too bad I never made a master list of signatures that I wanted. I can think of quite a few more signatures that I wish I had...............

I do wonder what has happend to many of these individuals.

Thank goodness Sancin remembers Robbie :)
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: Patty22
Date: 10-06-2006, 04:24 PM (5 of 5)
It was fate, but today I met a woman (that I had met at a former job) and she said that she knew Robbie as a kid growing up in the same town. She said that she is going to find out where she is and what she is up to these days. I guess Robbie is a woman of many talents and interests and recently trekked by bike from California to New York. Robbie had also written a book which included her childhood friends.

I told her to be sure to ask her what she thinks of machine quilting today and all the machines that are more machine quilting friendly.

It is a small world......and we're only separated by six degrees.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
Sew, What's Up
Search the “Sew What’s New” Archive:
Visit Sew What’s Up for the latest sewing and quilting tips and discussions.
This page was originally located on Sew What’s New ( at