|Claire Booth. Photo shared by Veila Lauerman.|
In 1991 when I started quilting I learned that the church Gary was serving was the meeting place for a quilt group started by Claire. Holly, another newbie in town, and I joined the group. They met weekly in the balcony of the church where a quilt frame was set up. Holly and I moved on, but those ladies are still meeting.
|The Quilters around the quilt frame in the 1990s. Claire is standing in the far left background.|
|Claire Booth's String of Beans quilt|
hand appliqued and hand quilted
|Claire made a pattern based on a quilt on the cover of a magazine|
Made by The Quilters
|Claire Booth's wool houses|
|The Quilters 1995 project|
|The Quilter's 1993-4 project|
The Hillsdale Daily news ran an article on Claire.
And articles on the group appeared as well. Janet Lee was our church organist as well as the Lifestyles Editor at the paper,
The Quilters around the quilt frame. I am on the far right. Claire is on the back left.
I had become addicted to quilting with these ladies. When I heard that in the past they had put on quilt shows I was excited. I encouraged them to put on a show while I was still with them. The ladies said sure, if I did all of the organizing. I was undaunted; I had a background in outside sales, advertising copywriting, and high school journalism classes.
So I became publicity chair of The Quilter's Palette, piggybacking on an established yearly show of art and garden tours. We ran the show for two years before my husband was assigned to a new church and we moved.
The Quilters made friendship blocks and signed them as my goodbye gift. The pattern was Kimono Girls. I then made the blocks into a quilt.
The last project I worked on with The Quilters was the Biblical Block Sampler. The church purchased it as a goodbye gift to my husband. The photo below shows Claire on the right. I am on the left. The quilt was on our bed for many years.
A few years ago when a current member of The Quilters friended me on Facebook. Velia now keeps me apprised of the group, which still includes several women who were my friends so many years ago!
Being a part of a small group of talented women early in my quilt life was an amazing and rare gift. I will always be grateful to Claire and the other women for teaching me, tolerating me, and encouraging me.