News Inspiration: Gift to a Teacher

Hi everybody!

For today, a quick note about something else that has inspired me, quilt-wise, today. I tend to receive news items about quilts from friends and family because they know of my interests, and today is no exception.

Amber Peterson Reviewing Quilt Gift

One piece is a feel-good article about students in San Antonio who made a surprise quilt for a beloved teacher who is fighting cancer. Though the prognosis does not look good, the quilt represents both what’s at stake and the desire to fight for life:

It’s an act of kindness she’ll carry with her, straight from the heart of two beloved students. 
 Students in Cristina Encina’s fashion class started the project but Mendoza and Teran took over because they both had Peterson as a teacher. 
 She discovered she had cancer after the birth of her son William, who was born in October, a year after Harry passed away. “At the time I was given six months and a ten percent chance at ten years,” Peterson explained.  “I have decided that’s not going to be me. I am going to raise the odds. I am not going to be one of the 90 percent. I am going to be one of the ten percent.”

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As a long-time member of a group that created quilts for the needy or sick, I can attest to both how healing and supporting the gift of a handmade quilt is, not just for the afflicted person, but for the quilt creator as well. What most can assail the loved one of a sick person is a sense of helplessness which is overcome with the industrious application of a lovely project which will provide warmth and beauty. I salute these girls for giving their beloved teacher such a wonderful gift.

My daughter’s husband’s family lives in San Antonio. They sent the clipping over.

Also: Peterson is a Marshall High School graduate and has been a teacher there for seven years.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to help her family with medical expenses, and you can donate by clicking here.  You can also follow her journey through her Facebook page.

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I am going ahead and posting one of my own Healing Hugs quilts while I’m at it:

This is another quilt I created for Healing Hugs. I find the lavender pastel hues soothing in their own right.
Hope everyone is having a great day!

Quilting School!

Today I wanted to share about a very special place I have recently found out about – quilting school!

Believe it or not, a person can go to the University of  Nebraska Lincoln  and attend quilting school and receive a Master’s degree in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis.

A person does not even need to live in Nebraska! Only once a semester is a student required to be on campus – for the rest of the time, one can do the coursework online. Not that I would outright object to going there, it looks like a swell place:

“International Quilt Study Center & Museum Lincoln NE” by Maureenose

It is part of the textiles program, and offers immersion in areas such as history, fashion, aesthetics, techniques, and care and conservation of quilts. Granted, though this program would not be necessary for anyone who simply enjoys making quilts, it is an area which I am strangely suited to participate in, due to my past as a history preservationist for various cities and counties of Georgia – before I retired.

Also, an artistic and intentional approach to quilting is encouraged through the program, which allows a person to take quilting to the next level. Different narrative, psychological, and aesthetic considerations for quilting are examined, making quilting be about more than just a pretty home decoration, but a true canvas for creativity and expression of a bigger message:

“Perspectives – Art, Craft, Design and the Studio Quilt” by Michael F. James

Who should consider this program?

Students with an undergraduate degree in history, art history, American studies, or women’s studies are best prepared for this masters program. Therefore, they are given preference for admission when applications are reviewed.
Graduates of this program are prepared for careers or career advancement in museums, historic houses, galleries, auction houses and government agencies in the areas of collections care and management, education and research. The program is designed for persons interested in analyzing the complex ways gender, class, ethnicity, aesthetics, politics, religion and technology find expression in the textile arts, quilt making traditions, design and culture.


So, if I ever wanted to consider a third career for myself, and I wanted both my history background and my love of quilts to be involved, I need look no further than this program.

Pretty exciting, I think! 

Amazingly Eclectic Quilt for Community Quilts

Hope everyone has had a stellar New Year’s! I spent it with family and watching the Twilight Zone marathon – a long standing tradition since 1998. One day I may decide to make a Twilight Zone-themed quilt.

sampler quilt for charity – finished 2013

Speaking of Twilight Zone, I am still in the mode of showing off the quilts I have made for the community quilt giving enterprise in Asheville, and other charity and gifting opportunities. This one is particularly wacky, and one of my daughter’s favorite quilts.

I will admit it came out incredibly eclectic looking, partly because a bunch of odd blocks from asheville quilt guild that happened to have nothing to do with each other appeared in time to become part of the quilt.

This is what people in the know call a ‘sampler quilt’,  which allows for a certain amount of ambiguity and randomness. The only organizing criteria was to separate each block, and group them by size. The white sashing helps to cement the correct size placement.

I would love to know who ends up with these quilts – but I like to think that someone down the line will find these blog posts on the internet and write me, saying “my family got your quilt! it really made our day” or “we were having a lousy day when your quilt showed up, and its cleverness really helps us through some bad times.”

my trusty antique Singer machine that still sings

I know once my son in law once found a quilt, all folded up, lying abandoned on Lexington Ave. It was actually a very nice, old quilt, with a double wedding ring pattern. Feeling sorry for it, they took it home, and have it to this day. They really lucked out because I am pretty sure it was an antique – they do wonder, though, if the true owner will ever post a notice online or otherwise make themselves known.

Even though that was not an intentional quilt giving, it just goes to show how appreciated quilts can be when passed on.

Hope everyone had a great first week of 2015!