Completed Veterans Quilts Sent to Germany for Our Wounded Veterans
AVQA welcomes back talented guild member, Mary Brewer, for our January lecture
and workshop. Be sure and mark your calendars for the meeting on Thursday,
January 8th and the workshop on Saturday, January 10th. Mary will be teaching
SCRAPPY QUILT AS YOU GO BARGELLO.
Quilting is not just a hobby for Mary. After having 4 other jobs, teaching quilting to adults became her passion. Eighth grade sewing class taught her sewing skills and she used them for sewing everything from draperies to family clothing for her husband and children. Also an 8th grade typing class gave her the skills to write her own patterns. In Los Angeles, with three young children and a husband, she learned to hand quilt on a large quilt frame with ladies of the Methodist Church. After moving to Simi Valley, she taught herself to make all kinds of breads as a stay-at-home wife and mother. That turned into her first class teaching bread making for the Simi Valley Adult School.
Mary’s first quilt class was with Charlotte Eckback, which inspired her to teach quilt making. Forty people showed up at that first class. For over 40 years, she has been blessed to teach quilting in California, Colorado, and West Germany. Some students have become famous as teachers, authors of books and patterns as well as blue ribbon winners. They are continuing the thread of spreading this wonderful craft. Some of the same students stayed with her and encouraged her all these years. The school ordered patterns and books for her so each student could individually purchase their own pattern inexpensively. She has been a working member of six other guilds as well as founding president of the Estes Valley Quilters Guild in Estes Park, Colorado. She has a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California in both bread making and quilt making. She is also a National Quilt Association Certified Teacher. She still takes classes and learns new skills. She believes quilting encourages us to be independent and find our own voice. Mary’s lecture in January will be entertaining and educational.
Please remember to wear your name badge and AVQA pins.
Any borrowed books should be returned to the librarian.