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An Interview with Pauline Salzman

Pauline sits down with Machine Quilting Unlimited to tell us how she get started and what she’s doing next!

Originally posted on April 23, 2018, by Cheryl Sleboda

Tell us a little about when you first learned to sew.  When did you make your first quilt?

I learned to sew when I was in my teens.  My mother sent me to classes at the Singer Sewing Center. I made a straight skirt and a matching vest in grey Wool. I sewed because I was too skinny for clothes off the rack. I made my first quilt in the early 90’s. The local fabric store sold a log cabin quilt that was too small. They needed one larger (a California King). They offered me the class for free if I would make the top.  I did!

 

Pauline Salzman

What is a technique that you have never tried that you would like to?

I am always looking for new ways to sew. I have taken and continue to take classes. Sometimes I have learned I am never going to do that technique again. But at least I tried. Sometimes I have found that special technique works in an entirely way than it was planned. I took men’s tailoring years ago and it taught me how the fabric reacts to how you handle it. There is always something to learn.

The Great Crate Escape © 2009 Pauline Salzman

What advice would you give to a beginner in machine quilting?

Take a hand piecing class. I am never going to hand piece, but I learned about grain, how to piece, and how to cut. Buy a good machine. It does not have to have many stitches. It just has to have a good straight stitch. It can be a used machine. It does not need to be new.

What kinds of fabrics are your favorite to work with?

I like to work with cottons. I do not like batiks. Lately I have been working using men’s shirts and denim.

What kind of projects are you working on next?

I hope to do a quilt of my childhood’s friends mother. She was the angel in my life. Other than that…I just got a new BERNINA 570QE and a Q20. I have been making quilts to give away so I can practice on my new toys.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Pauline!  To see more of her work, pick up the May/June 2018 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.  You can also get an additional sneak peek of her quilts in our Web Extra which can be downloaded here.

 

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