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As my business card says, I am a librarian, quiltmaker, and volunteer. I retired in 2014 after 39 years as the administrator of public libraries in Texas, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, and Illinois. I retired from the job, not from the profession. I continue my participation in the American Library Association and attend the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference every year. (Since 1984 I've gone to all but two Annuals and all but two Midwinters.)
My volunteer work keeps me connected locally, at the state level, and beyond: AAUW, Rotary, P.E.O., GFWC-Zion Woman's Club, Coalition for Healthy Communities, church, and quilt guild. If I take notes I pay attention during meetings, so I volunteer to be secretary (six organizations right now). I read Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone when it was a scholarly article (before the book became a best seller). I believe that each of us should do our part to invest in and build social capital.
Links to the organizations are on the blog side bar if you want to learn more about any of them.
My quilting journey began when I was a child. My mother enjoyed sewing and needlework. (She didn't knit or crochet, though, and neither do I.)
She used a kit to make an appliqued pansy quilt for my 11th birthday. I have the quilt but right now I can't find a photo.
I made my first quilt in 1973-74 when I was in graduate school.. It's a Bucilla cross-stitch kit, double-bed sized. I did the cross stitch first semester and the hand quilting the second semester. I used it as a bedspread until I got married (and moved to a king-sized bed). Both the quilt and the degree have served me well.
(Photo: my blue ribbon winners from the Washington County (TX) fair, 1977. The top two are from "Needlepoint from America's Great Quilt Designs." The bottom right is by Maggie Lane. I think the bottom left is Elsa Williams. They are copied from patterns in books, no made from kits.)
This pink and green Card Trick is likely the first quilt I made with rotary cutter and machine piecing. It looks so bland! VIP still makes this paisley print. I detest it. :) My notes on the snapshot are that I tore, rather than cut, the sateen-weave fabric for the sashes and borders so there were lots of ravels. I machine quilted it. I gave it away or sold it long, long ago.
Storm at Sea with a heart was the cover quilt of the first issue of American Patchwork and Quilting in 1994. I didn't have a quilt fabric stash to speak of so I bought all the fabric at a quilt shop in Windham, Maine. I didn't know this is supposed to be a hard block. I just plugged away!
My quiltmaking really took off in the mid-1990's. The first email service my library used (I was at Fargo PL then) included Usenet Nnewsgroups, among them rec.crafts.textiles.quilting. My dear Magpie friends are RCTQ alumnae. There's an RCTQ FB group, too, and many of us go back to the Usenet days.
Since those early years I've made dozens of quilts and patchwork things (jackets, place mats, wall hangings, etc., etc.). I've amassed a huge stash. (I document acquisition and use in the Annual Reckoning every January 1.)
Here are a few of my recent favorite quilts. Click on the link to read more about them.
Guild challenge, 2018: the block and two colors are the maker's initials. (Mine: New York Beauty in Eggplant and Blue.)
This is the same block as the Stars in Her Crown, below, but I split the backgrounds for more interest.
Stars in Her Crown
2016, in honor of Lulu Corkhill Williams, an
early member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. The P.E.O. badge is a gold star. In 1870 she was photographed wearing her badge on a hair ribbon -- hence "Stars in Her Crown."
Forecast: Scrappy With a Chance of Nine Patches
The second of three orphan blocks quilts. (Well, three to date . . .)
I used my father's railroad-themed neckties to make this quilt in his memory. The tin railroad logos were Post Sugar Crisp premiums in the 1950's. (I have not had Sugar Crisp since those days.)
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