Sharing from Midwest Fiber Arts Trails website from November 28, 2016
Maday Delgado: A free spirited quilter
A force of personality, Maday is passionate about her life. She approaches her sewing projects, sewing classes and community projects with equal verve and dynamism. As I’ve gotten to know Maday I’ve come to realize she’s more of a city gal; taking off on junkets to Chicago to breathe and feel the action of the city beat. These short trips are a nice punctuation to her home base in scenic central Wisconsin.
Connected to Wisconsin’s larger quilting community, Maday is a part of a new Wisconsin Pubic-TV documentary on quilting. “Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin” showcases tradition, innovation and inspiration. It airs this Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. with follow up times through December 11. Check the schedule for online viewing after aired via TV. Maday teaches quilting and art classes at Ardyth’s Sew ‘n’ Vac in downtown Baraboo and also at Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam, WI. Currently, she’s teaching a wildly popular ‘Barn Quilt Class’ which is a fusion of a fusion of painting, woodworking and quilting! Click here for details on registration for December 12th class.
Giving back to her community
In February, 2015, Maday and her family launched Free Spirit Sewing Machine Project in the Baraboo, Sauk County area. Feeling that family and consumer science classes have become a lower priority in the education system, Maday sought to create awareness and provide opportunity for students and adult community members who would like to learn to sew. After all, “it’s a skill we need; we all wear clothes.” Here’s Maday’s philosophy and reason for giving back to her community:
“Sewing has become an integral part of my daily life and I want to ensure that others have access to the tools that have so positively impacted my life. Making these available in the community has become my main focus.”
According to the project, the Baraboo Public Library was the first recipient of three brand new Janome sewing machines. The library is a great resource in the Baraboo community and creative programs are in the works for this summer. In early summer 2015, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sauk/Baraboo received a new Janome sewing machine to be used in the club. They also were the recipients of art supplies and scrapbooking die-cut machines. The third recipient was the Lodi High School Music Department as they prepared for their next production, Shrek. The donated machine was put to good use! The fourth recipient, who received the sixth machine, was S. Joseph School’s Art Department where the Janome will join their creative space. In December 2015, Maday and her family presented Sauk County Libraries with three brand new sewing machines. In April, 2016, two sewing machines were given to Kent District Library in Michigan. The list keeps growing! Keep up with the Free Spirit Sewing Machine Project here.