Bernadine Singer founded a quilting group in the small mountain community of Crown King 20 years ago. It’s still going strong and Bernie, as she prefers to be called, is still leading the group. The group is multi-generational and embraces young and old alike. Bernie has been the resident quilt teacher to almost everyone in Crown King. While she has taught every quilting technique imaginable, she encourages members to make personal choices and express their own creativity.
Bernie has been instrumental in bringing quilting to the next generation of quiltmakers. She developed a quilting program for the community’s children, teaching quilting to everyone in the community’s one room schoolhouse.
Recognizing that quilters are broadened by experiencing quilt shows and shops, Bernie arranges for “field trips” to encourage quilters to expand their knowledge. During the winter months when the snow is heavy on the ground, it’s not easy to get out of Crown King. Bernie has been known to rent a snow plow to clear the roads, saying, “There’s a quilt show we need to go see!”
Bernie restores vintage quilt tops and blocks, and shares her knowledge and experience freely. She readily opens her home to show her quilts and antique collectibles and has set-up numerous displays for the Crown King Historical Society.
When a wild forest fire raged through the community, with moments to evacuate, Bernie quickly tucked her quilts in large plastic tubs and hauled them to an abandoned mine shaft on her property. She was willing to lose everything, except her quilts! Thankfully, her home and quilts survived the fire. As a thank you, she created a raffle quilt for the fire department. The winner gratefully returned the quilt to Bernie after the drawing.
In accepting her recpgmotopm. Bernie shared that story, remarking, “Quilting is all about the friendships that are made.”