I am glad to have an upbeat post after sharing my very bad year!
|At my quilt frame, wearing a dress I made.|
|Gary and Chris at a church ice cream social.|
Chris in a short set I made.
I had been sewing clothes for my son, short and shirt sets and Velcro closing jackets, and dresses for myself. The lady at the fabric shop downtown always asked if I made quilts and I always said no. I did not think I could do it.
I gathered fabric scraps from sewing projects because I thought that's how quilts were made. I cut out the leaves and machine sewed them on to backing squares, sewed the squares together and added borders. I did not cut off the selvages and the printed selvage showed in one seam! I did not remake it.
|My first quilt, Maple Leaf|
It was a hot mess. But my Grandmother Gochenour was visiting Dad and he brought her to visit for a day. She was impressed. She said she always wondered if I would "do anything." I finished the quilt and presented it to my brother upon his graduation from Lawrence Technological University.
I sent a photo to the magazine that had the pattern and they shared it.
|A newspaper notice about appearing in the magazine|
For fabric, I decided to use Mom's painting smocks in red plaids. I had a Georgia Bonesteel book on the quilt as you go method where each block is quilted and then the layered blocks are sewn together, and that is how I constructed the quilt.
|My second quilt, A Mother's Love Will Always Keep You Warm|
in which I used Mom's plaid painting smocks
She spent an afternoon at the house showing me how to applique, use a thimble, and the quilt stitch. My second quilt shows the progression from ignorance to basic competence.
|Chris with Christopher's World, my third quilt.|
|A House for All Seasons used the Madison House block from Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!|
|Nancy Goes Reto incorporated an incomplete 1930s top (pink blocks)|
I made a quilt for both of my grandmothers and for my mom's sister.
|I made my Grandmother Gochenour an old-fashioned quilt,|
a scrappy Bow Tie with hand quilting.
|Grandma (Greenwood Ramer) Fisher with her quilt.|
|"The Quilters" hand quilting around a quilt frame|
|A star sample made by The Quilters|
|Newspaper article about The Quilters.|
I am at the near right.
I knew I could do that. I did the advertising, made flyers, got ads and articles in the local paper, and listed the show in national magazines. We called it The Quilter's Palette and we ran it in conjunction with the annual town art and garden tour.
|Newspaper article on the Quilter's Palette|
with photo of my Sunflower applique quilt In the Garden
|Newspaper article about the Quilter's Palette|
showing quilts by Claire Booth
|My Woodland Christmas|
|Quiltmaker Magazine with pattern based on my submission|
|I found the Dobbin's Fan block in an old book. It was|
adopted for a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine.
|In The Garden was my first big applique project.|
With me and Chris.
|Working on handkerchief quilts|
|One of my commissioned quilts was a Georgia Bonesteel pattern. Hand quilted.|
The vet introduced Gary to Lacy who was in the office to be spade. She had given birth and the home breeders could not find homes for all the puppies. Lacy had one girl still needing a home. Gary liked Lacy and that evening he took Chris and I to meet Kili.
|Chris and Kili. They have the same smile!|
|Kili and Me|
|newspaper article about my storyteller position at a bookstore|
But I kept busy anyways. I taught a class for Senior Citizens through Discovery Through the Humanities.
When an opinion column appeared castigating the normalization of gay and lesbian parents I wrote a countering opinion. I had no idea how radical this was to do in a small community.
Chris was inattentive at school and after teachers complained we pressed the school to test him. They discovered what I already knew: in first grade, he read at a fifth-grade level and was a grade ahead in math. I had spent a lot of time with Chris, reading and doing learning activities. I later realized I had been homeschooling. Plus, PBS shows like Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street taught him all the basics.
Starting after Christmas break Chris was jumped to second grade with warnings that children rarely adjust. He was determined and did well. By third grade, he was happy and loved school. He had also joined the Scouts and Little League.
Gary and I had bought a pump organ and Gary took classes at the Conklin Reed Organ Museum to learn how to restore it. He also refinished a 1850s rosewood meoldian and bought a 1913 Victrola and started collecting 78 records.
|Newspaper article on Gary's project restoring a pump organ|
My quilt group made new church paraments and I contributed several sets.
|I created the parament sets on the bottom.|
Clair Booth made the communion sets on the top.
|Church Conference report with photo showing parament I made|
|Easter Sunrise quilt by Nancy A. Bekofske|
|Signature quilt I made for the Russian exchange student (on the left)|