My friend Patty and I were in junior high and high school together. The ink wasn't dry on her high school diploma when she made tracks for Florida - I had gone into the military by that time and we lost touch. A few years ago, I found her on classmates.com, and found out that she had lost her mom. I loved her mom. So sweet, so gentle, so loving....and after we had lost touch, she'd become a quilter! How I wish I had known her then.
She was an amazing quilter, and she was a big part of this quilt show for many years. Patty and her family come up every year for it, and bring her quilts to put in the show. This time, one of her quilts was donated to the church - it's called How Great Thou Art, and it is the most amazing work of art.
I'm sorry that my stupid cell phone took such bad pictures of it. Although there's no way a picture could do this quilt justice. The amount of hand work in it is mind-boggling.
The quilt will hang in the Children's Ministry, to teach children the stories of the bible. What a blessing!
The other quilt is called Claude's Navy Quilt, made for her husband to commemorate his service. Only two of my pictures turned out at all - the quilt was laying on a table, and the lighting was less than ideal. It was no less amazing than the bible quilt.
I wish the close-ups had turned out on this. It was jam-packed with information about his service, the top right border was all hand-drawn mermaids and oh it was splendid. The back was equally amazing.
That ship was HIS ship, in WWII. All the signal flags, as well. When I say she was a quilter, I really mean she was an artist of the highest caliber. You could look at these quilts all day and not see everything, they're so detailed. All the silks and laces and hand-drawn details - the exquisite workmanship in the applique and quilting - just magnificent.
Seeing her work really makes me want to be a better quilter! Thanks for coming to the show with me, I am sorry about the quality of the pics - next year I'll do better, and that's a promise to me AND to you!