It’s a treat to be asked to be September’s featured quilt maker by Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. Thank you for all you do to recognize Arizona’s quilters!
I have made, collected, and loved quilts for 37 years! I began quilting in 1976 when a friend suggested we take some ‘old-timey’ classes in celebration of the Bi-Centennial. The quilt-making class ‘stuck’–I was bitten by that cute little quilt bug! That first class was the typical “Beginning Quilt Making Sampler Class”. A friendship group formed as a result of that class, and it’s still going strong back in Des Moines, Iowa.
I left Iowa in 1993, and quilting was my link to new friends in Arizona! Praise the Lord for my quilting friends!
I can say with delight that, in addition to being a Friend of the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame, I am a member of Thumb Butte Quilters and Mountain Top Quilters Guilds of Prescott, AZ; the Arizona Quilters Guild; the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild, The Appliqué Society; the American Quilter’s Society, the American Quilt Study Group, and the Baltimore Album Society. In addition, I have regular ‘play dates’ each month with six friendship groups!
Being this month’s featured quilt maker gives me the chance to share a quilt series recently completed! Towards the end of the year 2000, I had the idea to plan to complete a quilt on January 1, 2001 (that would be 01-01-01), and to plan to complete a quilt every consecutive date year in a series for the twelve years possible, ending on 12-12-12. Could I do it? I asked my quilting friends in Iowa and in Prescott, Arizona, to join me in the series. Nobody wanted to play…but I was able to do it on my own! And what an amazing adventure it was! I learned that I celebrate all aspects of quilting—all quilts as well as quilt history! I learned that I am a “social quilter”–all quilts in the series involved more than just me! And as I neared the end of the series, my friends were cheering me towards the finish line! I hope you enjoy my quilt series.
Carolyn Edwards Gallery
Happy Birthday Sweet Cakes!, completed 10-10-10, 86” X 87.5”
Rose of Sharon, completed 11-11-11, 48.5” X 62”
Pink Amish Baskets, completed 03-03-03, 69” x 83”
Quilters Birthday tour Trip Project, completed 02-02-02, 12.5” x 10.5
Pink and Blue Rather Bee Stars with Hearts, completed 01-01-01, 26.5” X 32”
My Coxcomb, completed 11-11-11, 82” x *82”
Laurel Tree, completed 06-06-06, 27” X 38”
Here’s My Heart, completed 04-04-04, 33.4” X 38”
Garden Wall, completed 12-12-12, 58” X 52”
Flags all Around, completed 05-05-05, 39” x 55
60 Hats and Wasn’t that a Party, completed 07-07-07, 50” x 56”
Coming Home, completed 08-08-08, 58” X 58
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