For Darlene Reid, of Gilbert. Arizona, quilting started out as a hobby. It’s become a way of life and an activity that continues to play a significant role.
In 1982, Darlene was a founding member of Nimble Thimbles, an East Valley Chapter of Arizona Quilters Guild. When a cross-Valley move occurred, Darlene helped found Coyote Quilters in 1994 and helped lead that group to chapter status with Arizona Quilters Guild.
Returning to the East Valley in 1999, Darlene, once again, looked for quilting groups to affiliate with. She found the Gilbert Historical Museum and became involved in the Gilbert Millennium Quilt Project. She’s been an active member of the Museum’s hand-quilting group since 2001 and has presented quilt-related “Youth Talks” at local elementary school as an Ambassador of the Museum.
Darlene has developed expertise in the history and making of Crazy Quilts. She teaches classes in making these quilts through Arizona Quilters Guild Traveling Teacher Program. She has received several recognitions for her quilts. One of her highest honors was having her quilt Lest They Be Forgotten juried into the Sacred Threads Show in Columbus, Ohio in 2003.
Darlene is a trained interviewer for the Quilters S.O.S. – Save Our Stories Project through Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame and the Alliance for the American Quilt. She is also a member of the newly formed Arizona Historical Quilts Study Group.
In accepting her recognition, Darlene thanked her family for being supportive of her quilting activities and for forgiving a house that sometimes needs to be cleaned or a dinner that is late to the table. Every quilter, and the families that love them, can relate!