Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Betty Collins, Quilter Extraordinaire



That's my mama I'm talking about! She's an amazing quilter with stitches so small they can barely be seen. Recently, one of her quilts called Tomboy Bride was included in an exhibition sent to China. The book shown is from that show and tells about each featured quilt and quilter. She's also been in a few other books and has taught quilting for many, many years at a local college. I own several of her quilts, I'm happy to say, and consider them my most prized possessions.

People ask me if I quilt. I say, "Yes, I can, but why should I?" I have many quilts already and will someday have more. I really don't see the point. I guess because it's not my favorite form of needlework. I like smocking, embroidery, and French handsewing much better.

Mama instilled in me a love of the needlearts, and I thank her heartily for taking the time and effort to fool with a stubborn, left-handed daughter. I love you, Mama!

7 comments:

Jeannette said...

You just stitched some mighty sweet words together for your mama...

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Beautiful quilt! I won't give you a hard time for not making quilts yourself, because we've got to go where our hearts lead us or else what fun is it? As a quilter myself, I'd love to have a chance to work side by side with someone like your mom and learn all her quilty wisdom!

xofrances

GretchenJoanna said...

Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your mama with us. She makes me happy.

Cranberry Morning said...

I truly admire people who have the patience and perseverance to quilt. it's beautiful. I know you're proud of your mom. You should be!

Angela said...

Your mama is famous! I do like to quilt, but it's a longterm commitment and I am easily distracted......

wayside wanderer said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom and such a pretty, intricate looking quilt! My mom quilts, too, but I've never learned how. We did collaborate once on a "tied" quilt for a friend.

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