Linda Sizemore Callahan – Class of 2008

Linda Callahan

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Inductee 2008

Awarded Posthumously

Linda was a giving and gifted teacher. Always ready to help a student or friend work through a quilting problem, one of her most notable teaching accomplishments was to instruct quilting in Germany, although she spoke no German? Linda taught classes in applique, embroidery, piecing, hand quilting, and binding and finishing techniques.

As a quiltmaker, Linda’s work was recognized for her fine workmanship. Her most notable recognition was the Grand Prize in The Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Festival, an international competition. Additional recognitions included a Grand Prize for an American Folk Art Album Quilt and the Grand Canyon Quilt Celebration Grand Prize.

Linda began her career as a home economics teacher, Later, she took up tailoring and the creation of custom home decorating items. Although other considered her an artist, she defined herself as a “Skilled technician with a desire for excellence.” Linda exhibited a strong dedication to the task at hand, at one time hand quilting a bed size quilt in 30 days to meet a Guild deadline.

In accepting his mother’s recognition, Kris Reid said, “My mother would have been so pleased to receive this honor. The joy she found in quilting and her friends were the most important things in her life.”

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