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Ila McCallum
Woodburn, OR

Ila McCallum is an award-winning quilter who grew up on a farm in the beautiful Willamette Valley north of Salem, Oregon.  Her mother taught her to sew on a Singer treadle machine and she made clothing as a child. She also learned embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and other handcrafts. Later, she fashioned her wedding dress on a very basic electric sewing machine.  She made clothing for herself and her children, often taking several patterns and putting them together or changing patterns to make them pursuant to the wearer's wishes. 
She started quilting because she wanted to make a Christmas present for a relative and quilting soon became her passion.  Ila has made quilts for her family, for baby gifts, for charities, as shop samples and for fun.  She always has several projects in progress, several more designed, and several more in the I would like to do category.
Although she works full time in a law office, as she has done for many years, Ila served on the board of several quilt organizations. She teaches quilt classes at quilt shops, quilt expos/shows, guild events and on Quilt University.
Women's history as written through quilts is one of Ila's interests. She lectured on the quilters of the Aurora Colony in Oregon during the 1840's at the Aurora Colony Historical Society's annual quilt show in 2000 and has a collection of quilt books published prior to 1970 as well as many current books on the history of women and quilting.
Title Date Posted Category Level
Making Mitered Corners 1/17/2003 Piecing All
Placement of Applique Pieces 2/24/2003 Applique Hand
Easy Way to "Design" for Applique 9/22/2003 Applique All
Quilting And The Aurora Colony 12/17/2003 History All
Birmingham Festival of Quilts 10/7/2004 General All
Pacific Northwest Quiltfest 2004 10/11/2004 General All

Road to Oklahoma

posted: 1/26/2004
9-Patch Sampler - Block of the Month for Beginners

posted: 2/1/2004
9 Patch

posted: 2/1/2004
Tulip Applique Block of the Month Introduction

posted: 2/29/2004
Crossed Tulips Applique Block of the Month

posted: 2/29/2004
Shoo Fly

posted: 3/1/2004
Ohio Star

posted: 4/1/2004
Tulip Wreath Applique Block of the Month

posted: 4/14/2004
Maple Leaf

posted: 5/9/2004
Crossed Tulips #2 Applique BOM

posted: 6/4/2004
8-Pointed Star - Pieced Block of the Month

posted: 7/13/2004
Tulips Wreath #2 Applique BOM

posted: 10/27/2004
Card Trick - Pieced Block of the Month

posted: 1/4/2005
Tulips Wreath #3 Applique BOM

posted: 3/21/2005

Double Wedding Ring Table Runner

posted: 4/25/2003

Mountains in Autumn

posted: 4/25/2003

Christmas Tulips

posted: 4/27/2003

Happy Applique Sampler

posted: 9/14/2003


posted: 1/5/2004

Celtic Medallion

posted: 3/10/2004


posted: 8/31/2004

Silken Pottery

posted: 10/23/2005

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