Name of Maker: Michele Harer
Practically Perfect Patchwork - This is the quilt that's on the cover of my book by the same name. When I won the Viking/JoAnn contest, I went to my local quilt shop to see exactly what my new machine would look like when it was sent from the manufacturer. The store clerk asked me if I'd like to buy it, but I told her I already won one. Then she asked me if I would be interested in teaching. I had been in a bad car accident and couldn't work as an administrative assistant any longer. That's why I entered the contest -- for a new sewing machine so I could make quilts to make extra money ;-) ha! So, I made the quilt as a teaching example. Being insecure about teaching skills, I wrote everything down and made copies for my students. One day, one lady said, "You've given us so many papers, why don't you just write a book! That would at least cut down on the time I spent making copies, so I did, and it was published!