Wash Day

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Mary’s original print and the border print.

Mary’s original print and the border print.

This past summer Mary Bordeaux, her sister and her sister-in-law decided to make similar quilts using the same pattern but fabric of their choosing. Mary lives in Huntsville, GA, but the three women planned to spend time together at a family cottage in Maine. So north they went with machines and fabric in tow. Mary is a avid collector of roosters, and has many rooster prints in reds and yellows, but had never seen one in blue and black. When she came across “Chickens” in the Wash Day collection by Debi Hubbs in her “local” (300 miles away!) quilt shop in Georgia, she knew she was on to something. She found coordinating fabric from another line (her local shop had only the one print) and turned it into her lovely pinwheel quilt. As it was nearing completion, however, she realized she wanted a border. She knew a border print was included in the Wash Day collection but could not find it in shops near her in either GA or ME. She turned to Etsy, knowing as she said, “I can always count on someone on Etsy having out-of-print fabric.” That’s when she found Art Fabric Studio and the border print.

I asked Mary about herself and her quilting:

D: Is it for yourself, a gift, for sale, charity?

M: This will probably be for myself, if I ever get it quilted. I'm a avid piecer, not so fast on the finishing. I currently have 31 tops waiting to be quilted, plus 4 partially quilted tops. I do my quilting on a domestic machine and have just started using rulers - love them!

D: How long have you been quilting?

M: I started quilting in 2010, but I started sewing over 50 years ago in high school, following in my mother's and grandmother's footsteps. They were both seamstresses, but I'm the first quilter in the family. I made a lot of my own clothing, then pretty dresses for my daughter. Now my granddaughters and great granddaughters play dress-up with those pretty dresses!

D: How or where is the quilt being used?

M: When it's done it will enjoy a place on my quilt rack, waiting its turn covering my lap. 

D: Do you quilt with lots of styles or primarily one or two styles?

M: I explore lots of different styles. I've made several applique quilts, my first one ever won a ribbon in my guild's quilt show. I also love doing paper piecing. This was my first pinwheel quilt. My favorite block is the flying geese using the no-waste method. 

D: Do you have any special techniques or tips?

M: All of my favorite tips keep showing up on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting! When I see them, I ask myself why I didn't send that in first! 

Bravo, Mary! Quite the quilter — and she does scrapbooking and card making, as well. It’s an honor to have been able to provide Mary with the border she needed. Lovely quilt.

Dale Domingue