Carolyn Edwards – September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Carolyn Edwards of Prescott, Arizona

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.

2013

Carolyn Edwards Gallery

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Setpember2013 Featured Quilter
Sweet Cakes by Carolyn Edwards

Happy Birthday Sweet Cakes!, completed 10-10-10, 86” X 87.5”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Rose of Sharon by Carolyn Edwards

Rose of Sharon, completed 11-11-11, 48.5” X 62”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Pink Amish Baskets by Carolyn Edwards

Pink Amish Baskets, completed 03-03-03, 69” x 83”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Quilters Birthday

Quilters Birthday tour Trip Project, completed 02-02-02, 12.5” x 10.5

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Pink and Blue Rather Be Stars Than Hears by Carolyn Edwards

Pink and Blue Rather Bee Stars with Hearts, completed 01-01-01, 26.5” X 32”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
My Coxcomb by Carolyn Edwards

My Coxcomb, completed 11-11-11, 82” x *82”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Laurel Tree by Carolyn Edwards

Laurel Tree, completed 06-06-06, 27” X 38”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Here’s My Heart by Carolyn Edwards

Here’s My Heart, completed 04-04-04, 33.4” X 38”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Garden Wall by Carolyn Edwards

Garden Wall, completed 12-12-12, 58” X 52”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Flags All Around by Carolyn Edwards

Flags all Around, completed 05-05-05, 39” x 55

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
60 Hats by Carolyn Edwards

60 Hats and Wasn’t that a Party, completed 07-07-07, 50” x 56”

Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame September 2013 Featured Quiltmaker
Coming Home by Carolyn Edwards

Coming Home, completed 08-08-08, 58” X 58

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