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Cindy Needham, vintage linen quilter.

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I just finished day 2 of a three days of classes taught by Cindy Needham. She is the Linen Quilter and a funny, massively talented and generous instructor.

She uses vintage linens to build beautiful wholecloth quilts--all on her DSM. She had the most beautiful items to show which she encouraged us to pet and fondle. She stressed several times that when you use tablecloths, doilies, tea towels, etc. that were lovingly and painstakingly embroidered, embellished with crochet, or made with needlelace techniques, that the maker comes first. That woman from generations ago--her work is what makes the quilt special. Her tiny eyelets, handmade lace, tiny cross-stitch--those are the bones of the piece. You are secondary and hope the maker would approve of what you do to extend and expand the life or her handiwork.

If your guild needs a speaker/ instructor, or you need someone to teach at a retreat, I highly recommend her. She is a busy lady and is booked out to next year, but if you are coming to Portland in October for MQX, check her list of classes and see if there is something that you may like. I'll post some photos tomorrow of the great things we did in class.


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

http://www.topperquilttools.com

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Cindy spoke to our Guild here in Tucson a few months back and taught some one day workshops. I agree with what Linda said...she is an excellent teacher, her work is beautiful and even her blog is worth following. Nancy in Tucson

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I want to get some of her books. Her background fillers are wonderful, but when we spoke, she wasn't sure how her DSM techniques would translate to the long-arm. What's your opinion?


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Leslie McSorley
The Crafty Unicorn Quilting
Harrington, Maine
APQS Freedom
www.TheCraftyUnicorn.com

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends... Tell me where to get more wax!

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Looking forward to seeing some pictures, Linda. I have inherited some old linens, handkerchiefs, and doilies and would love to see what she does with these. I'll check out Cindy's website.


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Thanks, Linda; I too, have a lot of my family's linens that I have been planning on making a wholecloth (or two or three) from. I definately will take classes from her and I've signed up for her newsletter.


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APQS Millenium in

Spring Creek, NV

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Linda, this post came at exactly the right time! I have been collecting linens for awhile now and I'm being particular about what I get. (got 3 today) I have several and one I am nuts about. I want to "draw them out" this next week and give them a go with Stitch. This concept has totally captured my sensibility and even thinking about it makes me happy. Quilting does that for me - just makes me happy.


Just Sew Simple Sylvia Blissett APQS Freedom '09 "Stitch" Circle Lord 2010 “"Until one has loved an animal, Part of their soul remains unawakened.”

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