Guild Meeting: Monday, March 13, 2017
Speaker: Barb Blincow
Program: “Accepting the Challenge”
Many challenges come our way, some have preset boundaries, such as quilt guild challenges or mystery quilts with rules. Some are a more personal goal. Taking on new challenges is a wonderful way to grow and learn new techniques. Barb will show us some of the challenges she has attempted in the last 20 years. She claims not all are a success, but the opportunities to learn new things, sometimes pushing you out of the box are always interesting. Hopefully, you, too will accept the challenge. If you have participated in a challenge, you are encouraged to bring it with you to the meeting to share with the group during the "Show and Tell."
Barb grew up with a mother who could and did sew most of their clothing and dance costumes, and a sister who learned garment sewing from their mother. Barb detested sewing and made one apron for 4-H and was done! However, any type of craft that came along, such as paint-by-number, crochet, etc., was right up her alley. She loved quilts though and had no one in the family who quilted. When she married, the family came with a grandmother who made lots of embroidered and sunbonnet quilts. Barb did not get the chance to learn from her, but did inherit some of her treasured quilts.
Once a quilt shop opened up in her hometown, she took a sampler class and the quilting bug bit her hard! She also became an empty nester around that time so had a room to use for sewing. That was almost 20 years ago.
Barb now lives in Hebron, NE with her husband, Dean, a recently retired Deputy Sheriff. Her full-time job, to help support her quilting habit, is Office Manager & Billing Clerk for the Fairbury Light and Water Department, where she has been employed for almost 25 years. She and her husband have one son, Jon. He and his wife, Terra, live in Arnold Missouri. They have two adorable sons, Jackson and Chase.
Barb loves every aspect of the quilting process, has taught many classes and workshops and has done machine quilting for hire on her domestic machine. She purchased a longarm quilting machine last year and is now quilting larger quilts for hire.