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!
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.