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MVQG Featured Quilter

Donna and Garry Lanman were the featured quilters at the 2018 Great River Quilt Show.

Questions asked Donna Lanman 

How long have you been making quilts?

I have been a seamstress, garment maker since high school, but never could see why buying new fabric, cuing it into small pieces and sewing it back together was a good idea. In 1991 when I joined MVQG I became infected with the joy of quilting.

How did you first learn?

I met guild member, Frances Fostom, who taught an adult education class at North High School. She taught piecing, both machine and hand, color choices, hand applique and basically how to layer, quilt and bind. With her permission, I used her model many years later to teach our Guild’s beginning quilting class.

What kinds of quilts did you make at first?

Mostly smaller wall hangings and several miniatures. My first full size quilt was “Card Tricks” taught by a guild teacher. Soon came appliqued by Nancy Page. Then “1996 Blue Raffle Quilt”, designed by Frances Fostrom.

What kinds of quilts do you make now?

Many quilts with diamonds, such as Lone Stars, Live Oak Tree, quilts with curves, hand pieced and hand quilted.

What is your favorite part of making a quilt (picking fabric, piecing, quilting, binding)? Second favorite?

All four of these things. I like to draft patterns making the quilt my own. I like piped binding done different ways.

Do you have a favorite pattern or block?

No, I do all kinds. I like a nine patch more than a block with half square triangles.

How many quilts have you made? Who did you make them for?

I make quilts because they call to me. Most times just for the joy of it. Our children each have – family weddings, graduation, and baby quilts. Also, Quilts of Valor for close friends.

Tell me about your latest quilting project.

Finishing a Lone Star left from teaching my last Lone Star class.

Why do you quilt?

Two Reasons;
1. CREATIVITY
2. The lovely people I have met and form relationships with because of quilting.

What advice would you give a new quilter?

You get good at anything you spend time with. Hang in there. Don’t give up.

Questions asked Garry Lamon:

How long have you been making quilts?

Twenty-four years.

How did you first learn?

My wife, Donna, was my first teacher.

What kind of quilt did you make first?

Log cabin with nine patches.

What kinds of quilts do you make now?

All kinds, always queen size. Lone Star, scrappy, graphic lines, and strong colors.

What is your favorite part of making a quilt (picking fabric, piecing, quilting, binding)? Second favorite?

Piecing and finishing. My quote:

“Keep it simple. Make it fun. Get it Done. Finish, Finish, Finish”.

Do you have a favorite pattern or block?

Nine patches.

How many quilts have you made? Who did you make them for?

Over 50 large quilts. They are mostly for myself. I have given 35 quilts to family and friends. I have also finished many of Donna’s unfinished projects.

Tell me about your latest quilting project?

Scrappy, Log Cabin 84X102 with small pieces.

Why do you quilt?

For fun and to have something to do.

What advise would you give to new quilters?

Enjoy and keep busy.

 

 

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