Star Quilts: A Study for Mathematicians

“God uses beautiful mathematics in creating the world.”                                                 – Paul Dirac, theoretical physicist   Ask a quilter if they are good in math and most will answer, “Not really.” But glancing at any comforter, one realizes that quilt makers need to apply a working knowledge of linear measurements to …

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Sunbonnet Sue: Her Rise and Fall

My mother married in 1930, just as the Great Depression descended upon our country like locusts on a cornfield. Her life in the Dust Bowl area included a Hooverville, The Black Hand, midwife delivery of my older brother, and feed sack material for hand sewing. While my father worked six …

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T-Shirt Quilts: Celebrating the Journey

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – TV show, The Wonder Years   Bill carried in a box of neatly folded t-shirts and started to lay them out on the long table. The women …

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Seminole Patchwork Skirts: A Quilting Philosophy

“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” – Alice Walker Life on the Florida reservation brought challenges to the women who faced the hardships of Everglade living. Resources were few. The threat of depression hung like the billowy clouds overhead. In the Seminole Indian …

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Volunteering: Quilting from the Heart

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have heart.”                                                                                                              -Elizabeth Andrews Crafting for Courage and Service   On any given day, Sue Myers works hard at crafting her latest mystery novel. A member of Sisters in Crime, Sue learned how to research her Chicago based books before creating …

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Piecing A Legacy: A 1930’s Dust Bowl Quilt

With the perspective of youth, Dennis McCann observed, “Those must have been depressing times, those long ago days of bread and milk, of feedbag clothes, and canned tumbleweed dinners. Of little or nothing.” Jane Tamse countered in her feeble, quivering voice, “Those were frugal days, but they left us with …

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