Friday, September 10, 2010

Froncie Quinn

Last year, I served as Vice CEO of my guild. One of my duties was to find a speaker for our Fall Special Speaker. This person was to do a lecture and workshop. I was fortunate to be able to contract Froncie Quinn of Vermont. She is a super nice woman. She gave a fun and very interesting lecture on 1980 Quilter Hall of Fame inductee, Florence Peto. Below is a representation of Peto's famous Calico Garden.

Wondering how Froncie came to have such a famous quilt in her possession? Well, she just so happens to be a licenced pattern maker for the Shelburne Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum. What does this mean? you ask. Well it means that Froncie's job is to work up close and personal with the quilts in those museum collections. She then writes patterns to reproduce those quilts to the exact detail. She also makes a sample of each quilt to show. Usually a little smaller than the original. Tough job huh?

She is an absolute authority on these quilts and their makers. Her pattern company is called Hoopla Patterns. The patterns are written with directions for today's quiltmaker as well as historical directions. You can find more about Froncie and her patterns at . Below are some of the gorgeous samples she brought to share with us.


  1. I am so glad you got to meet Froncie and see her amazing quilts. She is such a wonderful woman and I've collected her patterns for years! I really should get to making some of them. Froncie designed a quilt for VQF each year, and her booth is always one of my favorites. She is a delight to talk with. What a great guild program to arrange.

  2. These are fabulous quilts...cannot decide which one is my favorite! Are you going to be at the AQS show in Des Moines in October?

  3. What an incredibly talented woman! Such beautiful quilts!

  4. Dawn,
    I'm so glad to hear that Froncie's visit went well. We enjoyed having her teach and speak at our quilt guild earlier this year as well. Still haven't gotten around to posting my pic of her class on my blog, though!

  5. I adore the quilts of the Shelburne how nice to see them in person.
    I'm doing a project involving one of these quilts, but can't say more at the moment. Luckily I have full permission from the museum.

  6. Oh I love those quilts! Would also love to have Froncie come to our Guild!

  7. I bet she was a great guest with a wealth of information!! I've always admored the Hoopla quilts.