Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Area quilters get lesson

September 7, 2000

The Eudora Quilting Bees received a chance to learn of new techniques last Tuesday with a visit from quilter Patricia Knoechel.

Knoechel, a Carlsbad, Calif. resident, is traveling the Midwest for a one-month tour to promote quilting books and to teach classes. Knoechel works with her sister, Eleanor Burns, who has a syndicated television show on the Public Broadcasting Service. She periodically appears on the show and regularly tours five months a year. She has already toured three months on the East Coast this year. When asked if she would be considered an ambassador for the show, uilt In A Day,Knoechel said that sounded appropriate.

like to be called that, the ambassador for uilt in A Day,she laughed.

Burns has published 60 quilting books and Knoechel six. The presentation taught quilters such as the Eudora Quilting Bees a technique called assembly line quilting for quicker results.

t quicker than the traditional quilter,said Knoechel of Burnsmethods. er techniques are quicker and easier.
Jean Harper, Lawrence, agreed the techniques were quicker.

Harper is a member of the Lawrence and Eudora quilting guilds and said she took home valuable quilting knowledge.

liked her demonstration of the techniques in making different blocks in the quilt,Harper said. he fast techniques of making different elements in the blocks will help.
Tecumseh resident JoAnn Rodgers said the presentation inspired her to try the new techniques.

t just an inspiration to want to go home and see if I can do it,Rodgers said. think anyone can learn just by looking and watching her. It was time very well spent.
Arelene Lund, Quilting Bees member, said she was glad to have Knoechel come. Lund first contacted Knoechel in late 1999 about addressing the guild, which celebrated its first year in July.

e were thrilled when we got an answer,Lund said. ee just brand new.
Knoechel said she was happy to come and said her visit with fellow quilters was excellent.

hey were lovely; they were really nice,Knoechel said. hey made me feel really comfortable and right at home. I love Kansas.
Knoechel will continue with her tour in Topeka, Hays, McPherson, Oakley, Great Bend and Kansas City, Mo. for the remainder of the week. She will also travel to Colorado and New Mexico before returning home to California Sept. 20.

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