quilting together
for ten years

The Wayne Senior Center Quilting Ladies
Wayne, Nebraska

A story and pictures about the quilting ladies

published August 2001
Quilters World

Sewing Machines

my mother's Singer --
I love it.

Model 66 (electric), manufactured Oct 16, 1951 in Elizabethport NJ.  Purchased used in 1956 at Vroom's in Dunellen NJ

Amish Quilts -- 2001 Commemorative Issue

"The Amish quilt is a uniquely American folk art form, and Amish quilting traditions vary from region to region. These quilts display the saturated colors, bold geometric patterns and central design motifs characteristic of those made in Lancaster County, Pa., in the first half of the 20th century. Four Amish quilts are reproduced in a repeating, rhythmic, quilt-like pattern to create this pane of 20 stamps, the first in the American Treasures series."

Quilts on US Stamps

1978 US Commemorative Issue


Gee's Bend Quilt Stamps. Release Date: August 24th, 2006.

"The American Treasures stamp series is intended to showcase beautiful works of American fine art and crafts. For the 2006 issuance, art director Derry Noyes chose photographs of ten quilts created between circa 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Noted for their unexpected color combinations, bold patterns, and improvised designs, the quilts of Gee's Bend are also remarkable for the humble materials with which they are made and the humbler circumstances in which they are born. Until recently, necessity limited the quilters to fabric from everyday items such as flour sacks, old dresses, and worn-out denim and flannel work clothes. Stains, mended holes and tears, faded patches, and seams all became integral parts of a quilt's design and ensured that the materials, as well as the quilts, told the story of Gee's Bend.

Today outside interest in the quilts of Gee's Bend is growing. Art historian William Arnett and his son Matt began collecting the quilts in 1997. Their collection-which has been exhibited in museums around the U.S.-resides with Tinwood Alliance, a nonprofit foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, that supports African-American vernacular art. The renewed attention has had a positive social and economic impact on the lives of the quilters and other residents of Gee's Bend. In 2003 the women of Gee's Bend, with the help of Tinwood Alliance, formed the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective.

-- USPS Website

Men's Neckties

Some day I'll make a quilt of ties


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