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Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns
Quilt In A Day

Keynote Address:
Tuesday September 10, 2013

Quilt’s from El’s Kitchen

Eleanor will share about the making of her new book "Quilt's from El's Kitchen." Eleanor's newest block party book allows you to savor fresh new quilt blocks named after a food or related kitchen items. Recipies for tasty treats helps complete this book. Delight in the “taste” of Pig’s Tail, Melon Patch, and Crab Apple. Feast on Crock Pot Cherry Cobbler while “cookin” up the charming center block, Cherry Basket, complete with appliquéd Cherry Blossoms. Sit down to a fresh cup of pressed coffee while digesting instructions for Coffee Cup. Celebrate year’s end with Turkey in the Straw stuffed with Sage Bud. The book is fun, and chock full of techniques to challenge your taste buds.

  El's Kitchen

About Eleanor Burns

Over thirty years ago Eleanor Burns introduced her first Quilt in a Day book, beginning a quilt making revolution. She invited all types of sewers to participate in an age-old tradition using her unique style; a diverse combination of cutting and sewing applications which replaced scissors and templates with rips and strips, bringing rotary speed to patchwork. She also introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns gave quilt makers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day. Today, as she continues to passionately devote herself to nurturing and motivating thousands of want-to be quilters with needed self-confidence, her name and techniques have become synonymous with quiltmaking.

Since 1978, when Eleanor self-published that first book "Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern," she has become a prolific author, revered teacher trainer, popular television personality, and celebrated industry role model. She has published over 120 additional books and patterns that sell at a rate of well over 6,500 per week. She has also designed a variety of specialty rulers produced to aid the quilter in successfully completing their quilt.

Eleanor has trained thousands of instructors throughout the world who teach her quiltmaking methods. In 1987, Eleanor pioneered the way people view quiltmaking with television. Her Quilt in a Day TV series began airing on PBS and is still broadcasting nationwide and abroad, even teaching in Japan. RFDTV, the Quilt channel and the Quilt in a Day’s Media Theater are other venues where the shows are viewed. Adding to all of that, she has developed her own "Signature” fabric lines with Benartex, several special edition sewing machines, and received numerous awards and recognition for her lifetime of achievements.

Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman
Sewing With Nancy

Keynote Address:
Wednesday September 11, 2013

Creating a Business –
One Stitch at a Time

In 1979, Nancy Zieman took out $500 from a savings account, closed the same account since it was empty, and started a mail order business. Three years later she began hosting and producing a cable TV show, Sewing With Nancy, when (thankfully) most people didn't have cable TV. Learn how these meager beginnings turned into successful ventures for one of the innovators in the sew-quilt world. Nancy will tell her story, sharing the highs & lows—giggles & grins of over 30 years in business.

  Sewing With Nancy

About Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman is host and executive producer of Sewing With Nancy and founder of Nancy’s Notions, a direct mail business. She’s an author and a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft.

About Sewing with Nancy

The first Sewing With Nancy program aired on cable TV in 1982. Initially, the programs were videotaped in Nancy’s living room with a camera crew of one person and 13-hour taping days! In the early years, Nancy Zieman ran a one-woman show, deloping the scripts, making the samples, and taping the programs.

Today, Nancy still writes the scripts, yet it’s a team effort to plan the programming, develop the samples, and write and illustrate the books. Nancy frequently quips, “The show should really be called Sewing With Nancy, Donna, Kate, Pat, Diane, Laure, Lois, and Diane.” For the past 20 years, Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wis. has been Nancy’s partner in television production with Laurie Gorman serving as the director for the past 19 years.