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By Suzanne Labry
Julia IcenogleThere’s a comic strip tailored for
just about every imaginable demographic: cat lovers have Garfield, computer geeks have Dilbert, adventure lovers have Prince Valient, just to name a few, and quilters have. . . Mrs. Bobbins. If you’re not familiar with this big-haired, green-bespectacled, patchwork-skirt wearing cartoon character, you are in for a treat. Billed as “a quirky, opinionated quilting enthusiast,” Mrs. Bobbins will have you giggling in recognition. Her antics are relatable and familiar to quilters everywhere.
“In 2008, I was a part of a group art show in Kansas City, Missouri, and during the show’s reception, I was approached by two of the editors of Kansas City Star Quilts,” Julia explained. “They said that they liked my style, and they called a few days later and invited me to sit down with them and talk about an idea they had for their blog, pickledish.com. They said that specifically they were looking for an ‘edgy’ cartoon about quilting to post weekly on the blog. When I told them that I was flattered to get a job offer, but that I really had no background in quilting, they handed me a stack of quilting magazines for research and asked me to see what I could come up with in a week. I went home and started researching everything I could about quilting.
“About a year ago, Deborah Edwards from Northcott Fabrics contacted me about the possibility of including Mrs. Bobbins in the Canadian Sesquicentennial and to give Mrs. Bobbins her own fabric line. She thought that Mrs. Bobbins could do quite well in fabrics, and I thought, how cool would it be if my first quilt was from my own character's fabric line? I had already been toying with the idea of revamping Mrs. Bobbins’ look, so the Canadian Sesquicentennial seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. I now have been working on combing through the hundreds of original Mrs. Bobbins cartoons and picking out my favorites to update and post on my new website, mrsbobbins.com.”