Mary Herschleb is a paper piecing pattern designer with many patterns. Beginners to advance quilters will have no trouble finding a pattern to suit. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary recently and she graciously answered a few questions for me….
Are all your patterns for paper piecing? Do any patterns involve applique. “Yes, every pattern is paper pieced. None of them include applique but there are many which have pearl cotton embellishments.
Where do you find inspiration for your projects? “Usually from my life, my family, my surroundings. For instance, one of my grandchildren (he’s grown now) was interested in penguins. We looked at penquin pictures, read books about penquins, talked about penquins. From that came CRACK THE WHIP, a group of penquins having fun on ice skates.”
“Here’s another example - I was sitting on our deck one beautiful morning with my coffee and I could hear the loons calling – in fact they wouldn’t stop! That inspired me to create Loon Lake.
Do you have a favorite pattern? “I really like Quilters Wash Day. I probably had the most fun making that quilt. It’s not the best pattern for a beginner paper piecer as there are a lot of tiny pieces, but it’s really cute.”
I agree, it IS cute! What patterns would you recommend for a beginner? “Tulips Spring and Tulips – Red are easy patterns. The Pines is another easy one. The pattern includes instructions for a small square wall hanging and for a table runner.
Can you tell us what you are working on now? Anything new coming? “Well, it’s not finished yet, so I’m not sure what the final piece will be, but I can tell you there will be owls involved! It will be something easy… maybe a kitchen project or something for a baby. We’ll see!
Okay Mary, we’ll watch for it! Thank you for taking the time to share with us a little of your designing life.