I love it anyway, and can see this one in use in the very near future (after I bring it to show and tell, of course).
I planned to use some of my jelly roll strips and sewing them together was my first task. I have lot of leftovers and can see these becoming ninepatch blocks. Especially since I unearthed a bunch of Mary Ellen Hopkins books from my early days. Her simple designs are so fun and easy and use up fabric so efficiently that I know I will be making some designs from her books.
OK... I have all these books, except the first one. I know it's here somewhere, but I just couldn't find it, so I ordered it again, in spiral bound format. Cheap, used.
What I especially like is that the designs can be made any size you like, from teeny to huge. It is all determined by the very smallest element. The PPM is her way of saying Perfect Patch Measurement. And that PPM is doubled or tripled or whatever is decided by the quilter. Her designs also list the number of each of the elements (blocks) of the final quilt. Make 28 nine patches, 12 solid squares, 28 rail fence blocks, etc. Then assemble according to the diagram. Easy.
I found this update on Mary Ellen on the Quilting Board
Mary Ellen is alive and doing fine in CA near [her son].
She lives in a retirement community, plays bingo and wins and loves it. She has retired from the quilt world about 2 years ago. Just too much for such a little lady. She does knit and crochet up a storm constantly. I am sure she would love to hear from you.
Unfortunately, no address of the retirement community was included.