Blog Hop – Second Stop

Help me welcome quilting teacher Donna Lynn Thomas to our blog hop. Collect a different quilt block tutorial each day. The hop is hosted by Inspired by Fabric blog – each quilter is using my Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints fabric collection from Paintbrush Studio and showing their block in two colorways. There are prizes at each stop so see the schedule at the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on a chance to win! If you missed my Ohio Star tutorial on 4/15 see it here.

Now, a little something about Donna! Donna and I knew about each other for many years before we actually met. Our mutual friend, Sally Schneider (who has Thursday’s tutorial), kept saying we should meet. We’ve discovered lots of kindred spirit similarities but my personal favorite (Barb’s Favorite!!) is that we both started quilting in the 1970s on the exact same brand and make of sewing machine – a Singer Genie.

I have met one other person (shout out to Glenda Beasley!) who also had a Genie. It had very “modern” flowers splashed across the front and came in  two colorways – orange and yellow, or a blue flower version but yellow was so fashionable in the 70s – I had to have yellow, Donna did too.

Barb's first sewing machine, Singer Genie circa 1974

Barb’s first sewing machine, Singer Genie circa 1974

Donna is a wonderful precision piecer – by hand and machine, and she’s super good at math. I tell her she will always be my friend because she can fix my quilting math messes! I’ll share a quick picture of the two of us then let you get on to Donna’s block tutorial – I’m going with you because I know I’ll learn something new from Donna’s tutorial! Just scroll down and click on the link next to her name in the schedule. But before you go I want to know, did you also quilt on a yellow Singer Genie in the 70s?

Donna Lynn Thomas and Barb Eikmeier summer 2014

Donna Lynn Thomas and Barb Eikmeier summer 2014

Each day this week I will be posting a little something about one of the quilters on the blog hop. Come back tomorrow to find out about Kelly quilter!

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts