2009 Hall of Fame Inductee – Helen Frost Young

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Helen Young Frost, of Tucson, Arizona, already had a impressive quilt career when she moved to Tucson, Arizona. A prolific quilt book author and teacher, Helen wasted no time in connecting with the quilting community in Arizona.

Helen immediately became involved in the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project. Along with Pam Knight Stevenson, she authored Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and their Makers, which was the culmination of the documentation project. The book received an award for Literary Excellence by the Border Regional Library Association in 1994.

Helen has continued to develop quilting techniques and share those through teaching and publishing. She has lectured and taught across America and throughout Europe. In 2001, along with her mother and often co-author, Blanche Young, Helen was named one of the “Women Who Challenged Quiltmaking.”

Generous with her skills and patterns, Helen often assists nonprofit organization in fundraising. She has supported the Tucson Quilters Guild, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, and Habitat for Humanity. Helen is a past-president of the International Quilt Association and served in that capacity from 1987 – 1989. She is also a technical editor for C&T Publications.

In accepting her recognition, Helen addressed attendees with grace and humor. When she was planning her wedding, she asked her fiance if his family wasn’t pleased that a quilter would be joining their ranks. Apparently, he didn’t share that excitement, responding, “At my age, they’re just happy I’m getting married!” We’re pleased that Helen Frost has joined the ranks of Arizona quilters!

2009

2009 Induction display for Helen Frost Young.
2009 Induction display for Helen Frost Young.
Helen Frost Young, 2009 Inductee with Cathy Dargel, left and Barbara Knoski, right. Cathy and Barbara nominated Helen for the award.
Helen Frost Young, 2009 Inductee with Cathy Dargel, left and Barbara Knoski, right. Cathy and Barbara nominated Helen for the award.