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Friday, October 13, 2017

Member Spotlight

Meet Lynn Tanksley

My name is Lynn Tanksley. I’ve been a member of DMQG since late 2012. I’ve been quilting since about 2009. Someone asked me since I could sew, could I make a quilt for a silent auction fund raiser for a group I was involved with. I said “Sure!” and then I started to panic. But I found some directions online and created a denim and red flannel rag quilt. It was a success and raised some money! I started buying fabric and creating other quilts. Fast forward to October, 2012. I was working on a traditional patchwork style quilt (also for an auction) when somehow I came across a picture of a modern quilt. I bought that last patchwork quilt back at the auction since I knew I was never making one like it again. Then I found out about QuiltCon and signed up immediately. My next thought was, “Hmm, wonder if there is a Modern Quilt Guild near me.” So that’s how I ended up here.

In my day job, I’m a software engineer. I work out of an office in Austin but I work from my home in Plano. I work on graphical user interfaces of network test equipment. My work desk with its four computers shares a chair with my sewing table. It does sometimes happen that in the middle of a work day, I’ll swivel my chair around and do some sewing. My sewing table is a standard desk covered with a 23x70 cutting mat. I have a smaller cutting mat I usually use, but for longer cuts, I just move my machine and have plenty of space. I can also see my design wall from my work desk. 

I don’t do a lot of social media, mainly just Facebook. I do keep a blog of my quilting work though. This is more a diary than a real blog. It’s a place I can talk about my quilts and remember them but it’s not interesting enough that other people will read it. http://tanksleyalves.com/quilts/.

Most of my quilts are gifts for people, although that includes the two other members of my family, so some of those end up staying in the house. I especially seem to make a lot of quilts for my daughter, Phoebe.

Michael, Phoebe, and Lynn 
Michael, Phoebe, and Lynn in Utah this Summer

The first denim/flannel rag quilt

The last fateful traditional quilt

One of my favorite quilts. This is an improv pattern by Modern Quilt Studio, one of my favorite design and fabric houses. I was scared of improv at first, but it turns out my favorite quilts (to make a look at) are improv, so I guess I’m over that.


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