FEATURED QUILTER AT 2022 BOISE BASIN QUILT GUILD SHOW
Making her list of quilts to exhibit as the featured quilter at the 2022 BBQ Quilt Show, Linda peels through her “storage”- about a 12 inch high pile of quilts on a bed (she doesn’t like to fold them) in her daughter’s old bedroom where Evelyn now sleeps in a crib when they visit. There are several show quilts under consideration.
One was a sample she made for Quilt Crossing and is a patchwork of pinks, purples, yellows, greens and cream with an echoed prairie points border with a flower and swirls quilting motif.
She said, “I think it’s the happiest quilt I’ve ever made.”
Hanging on the bedroom wall is a floral appliqued quilt that she made with another BK mother, Mary Ann Williams, as a donation to the annual auction at Bishop Kelly High School. Her son bid on it, won and gave it back to her as a gift.
On the bed by itself is a very special quilt made with her sister, Kathy Sunada, at a class with Navy wives at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station in Hawaii. They were the only non-military women there. The instructor, Mary Penders, was “the most obsessive, compulsive person I have ever met in my life. If you were making a two-color quilt out of solid fabrics, she wanted all the grain lines to go in the same direction!”
Her sister had a business where she manufactured ladies clothing and she had a “chickadee”-a motorized rotary cutter that cuts through multiple layers of fabric. The other women came with carefully selected fabric arranged in stacks of tonal colors. Linda and her sister went to the class with garbage bags full of cutaways.
“There was nothing nice about how we brought our fabrics. The fabrics are dated-from the 90”s but “it’s such a wonderful quilt and there are such good memories,” Linda said. “We made two quilts, they were companions and we said, ‘When we got to the nursing home together, we would have matching bedspreads!’ They [the quilts] only have one block that is exactly the same, but we made them together.”
In another bedroom is one of her favorite quilts and a hand-quilted creation. A solid cream Jack Straw patterned quilt with a myriad of colorful squares. She considers it a traditional quilt with untraditional piecing methods.
“It’s complicated. It looks like it has so much movement and it’s all straight line,” she said.
Another show possibility is a sample made for the Quilt Crossing called, “Stitcher’s Garden.” The blocks were machine stitched then appliqued. Many different “fancy stitches” were then used to encourage the students to learn different stitch types and lengths.
Another quilt features multiple fabrics to form strong green pine trees on a white background with intricate hand-quilted feathers in the white negative space. The pattern is #1398 “Tree of Life” as found in “Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns” by Barbara Brackman page 185 (Second Edition) and page 165 (Third Edition).
“I love scrap quilts. I never want to make a quilt with two fabrics in it…I want at least 25 fabrics.” she said.
She made the blocks then added her own border pattern of smaller trees with a sawtooth border. The quilting pattern came from a book that she modified to fit the spaces.
Ironically, she doesn’t have a quilt on her own bed because the dogs sleep there. She’d rather that they did not, but her husband has outvoted her!
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