November 22, 2009

I got a note from Lynn Miller in Arizona.

“Wanted to mention the person who inspired me the most with applique, Laurene Sinema. She is in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. Laurene is no longer with us, but she is not forgotten. I hoped you might give her a mention sometime on your blog. She was a wonderful, kind, caring person.”

51EPPYSF0QL._SL160_I knew the name was familiar, but it wasn’t until I looked her up that I remembered Laurene is the author of the classic Appliqué! Appliqué!! Appliqué!!!

What a great title.

Laurene is also the author of Primitive Folk Art Designs From Antique Album Quilts as well as several more books on appliqué and redwork. She’s a co-author of the popular Hooked on Hankies.


The AQHF article tells of Laurene’s many important contributions to the quilting scene in Arizona and around the world. She opened the first quilt shop in Phoenix, founded the state-wide Arizona Quilters Guild, and served as president of the Arizona Quilt Project. She was instrumental in the redwork revival when she helped coordinate an exhibit one year at International Quilt Market.

On the Quilt History website, Laurene is remembered as “warm, upbeat, and sharing.” Her legacy lives on in her books, patterns, fabrics, and the memories that many quilters have of her talent, energy, and inspiration.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


9 Responses to “Spotlight on Laurene Sinema”

  1. waterrose on November 25th, 2009 8:37 pm

    What a nice post. I worked with and for her for a while in the mid 90s…she was a wonderful person. She was a great teacher and her enthusiasm for quilting was contagious!

  2. Kathy on February 5th, 2012 4:29 pm

    I am looking for Fater Christmas Block of the Month by Laurene Sinema from the Quilted Apple. Can anybody help me find this? I would be most appreciative.

  3. barbara leonard on January 16th, 2014 8:48 pm

    I have some Father Christmas blocks by Laurene Sinema. Are you still looking?

  4. Jean on August 15th, 2015 1:55 pm

    I am looking for Father Christmas Block Patterns by Laurene Sinema.
    Blocks 1,2,5,6,9.11,12

  5. Debi vanderport on October 11th, 2015 3:40 pm

    I amen across some fabric kits for Father Christmas quilt block of the month but the did not include the patterns was it a book? I have kits for block 1 2 3and 4. Any idea were I could find them.

  6. Audrey Waite on November 22nd, 2015 11:25 am

    Laurene’s partner at The Quilted Apple in Phoenix was Janet Carruth. Janet is trying to assemble some finished articles from Laurene’s patterns for an exhibit at the Am Quilt Study Group Seminar in September 2016. If you would be willing to have your work exhibited, please get in touch.

  7. Teresa on May 19th, 2016 2:45 am

    Sorry to be late on this discussion. I found all 12 Father Christmas blocks and have them for sale as a set on EBay. Thanks.

  8. Gloria on January 19th, 2018 3:28 pm

    Hello, my name is Gloria and I am looking for Flower Bonnet Girls Quilt Applique Pattern. 38×49 12 Designs by Laurene Sinema. I would appreciate your help in locating this pattern. Thank-you

  9. Kay Mackenzie on January 21st, 2018 10:29 pm

    Hi Gloria! That is a classic pattern and I can understand why you would like to locate it! I did a search on Amazon, Etsy, and eBay and didn’t see a copy right now. I would keep searching those sites and hopefully one will pop up for you. Good luck!