My mother taught me to embroider, crochet and sew. She let me hem her flour sack dish towels. We started a 4-H Club in our area, so I joined the cooking and sewing clubs. One of my last sewing projects was a dress. I won a championship ribbon at the 4-H Fair for my sewing and was then asked to model my dress in the Finale. I had a huge case of stage fright! The Finale was held at night on a temporary stage set in the rodeo arena. I had just walked up on the stage, when someone from the audience in the bleachers, gave me a wolf whistle. My fright went away instantly!
My mother and her Extension Club had a quilting bee at our house. I didn’t consider quilting myself, though. Throughout the years we didn’t ever do any more quilting.
I graduated from Grover High School and attended Colorado State College, which is now University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. My major was music with a minor in art. I started my music teaching career in Superior, AZ, where I taught 1st through 8th grades and Jr. High Chorus. It was heaven to me. I was free to start my own music program. We gave many operettas, other music performances. Sometimes our chorus sang with the High School Chorus.
A friend asked me to move with her to Phoenix, where I was hired to teach at Rose Linda School in Roosevelt District. The rest of my teaching career was spent at that school. I taught music for eight more years until I moved into the academic classroom, I first taught 3rd Grade, then 2nd Grade I remained for 14 year teaching 1st Grade.
My friend introduced me to her boyfriend’s brother. Eventually we both married the brothers. My mother gave us a beautiful satin hand quilted quilt for our wedding present. Using dresses, shirts and blouses from our family’s past she made a work of art. But still I didn’t consider quilting as an art for myself. After my mother passed away, I found a drawer full of cut squares and some 9 patch blocks that she had already sewn. I finally decided that I would finish her blocks for her. What fun it was to put those blocks together. My husband made a “so-so” quilting frame out of 2 by 4’s for me. A friend showed me how to layer the quilt and how to put it on the frame. At this point, I realized that I didn’t know how to quilt. I called my mother-in-law, who was an avid hand quilter. She came down on the weekend and we finished that quilt in two days. Well now, I was hooked. I made two quilts out of those blocks and gave them to my two brothers.
Next, I found a book on “The Weekend Quilt.” It was quilt as you go Log Cabin. It probably took me half a year to do it and it didn’t turn out spectacular, like I envisioned. Now I was ready to move on to the next quilt.
When we both retired, my husband and I moved to Overgaard, Az. I joined the Pine Needlers Quilt Group in 1999. Some of the members offered classes I really learned a lot from them. As a surprise to our oldest son and his wife, I made a King sized quilt for them. The surprise was on me, when I gave it to them and found out they have a Queen sized bed. I told Janet I would make them another one, only this time I would plan it with her. She said she would love a white quilt. It took me several years to “get it planned in my head.”
After I found the perfect pattern and gathered my fabrics it took me 1 year and 2 months to complete it. I entered it in the Pine Needler’s Quilt Show. Imagine my surprise to be honored with winning the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame Ribbon and Award. Then, I was invited to show my quilt at the 2013 Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame Induction luncheon. What a delightful experience getting to meet the inductees and other quilters from around the state. My latest honor is of being invited to be the Featured Quilter of the Month of December.
I am looking forward to starting a new quilt–or maybe three!
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