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Superior Stars: Mary Bauer

Posted: 5 October 2015 at 6 a.m.

We’re excited to show you Mary Bauer’s award winning quilt Contemporary Sampler #1

Contemporay.

Mary explains a little about her creative process:

“The shop where I teach bought a collection of fabric for me to use as a mystery quilt class for the next year.  I worked within the collection and chose projects based on the techniques used.  It was my desire to have a new technique to share each month with the students (eg. paper piecing, use of templates, Y-seam construction, faux trapunto, etc.). I planned to put together the different projects in a collage method and fill in where needed to have a complete quilt.   All of the pieces of the quilt were made but not assembled, so each month the individual pieces could be shown to the students along with written instructions.  In the fall, I assembled the quilt and emailed a construction clue every few days until all clues were sent and the final picture of the quilt was shown.  While this was being done there was a prize awarded to the first student that “solved” the mystery, by laying out all her pieces and taking a picture to prove she puzzled the quilt together.  The mystery was not solved until almost the last of the clues were revealed.  This project was so popular; it was repeated for two more years as a non-mystery quilt.  Students in those classes selected their own fabrics and it was great fun to see the quilt completed in a wide range of colors and patterns.

I was thrilled to win with this quilt in Houston, Grand Rapids and Bloomington.

I have been using Superior Thread since I first heard Bob talk at a lecture in Paducah – probably 8-10 years ago! For quilting, embroidery and applique I use several Superior products but I always use Bottom Line in my bobbin when quilting, Superior MonoPoly for various appliqué projects and MasterPiece for construction.”

What a beautiful, inspirational project!  We’re thankful Mary shared her incredible talent with us.

Have you tried a mystery quilt or fun Block of the Month?

Image courtesy of Mary Bauer

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