When I was a small child, my
Mother sewed for the public, making clothes.
I wanted to sew too, so she taught me to sew by helping me make a quilt
for my doll. After that, I wanted to
make clothes too, so mother made a pattern on newspaper and helped me cut out a
dress. She showed me how to sew it
together. It was a simple straight dress
with no sleeves. I was 10 years old and
I’ve been sewing ever since.
In 1947 my first child was born and I made him a quilt from fabric that had been left to me by my Mother and
Grandmother. I also made quilts for my
cousins babies. I continued to make
quilts and clothes for all 3 of my children and to make clothes for myself.
In 1972 I made a Sunbonnet Sue and Overall
Sam quilt. It was hand appliqued and
hand quilted. It was a king size quilt
and we used it on our bed for many years.
I gave it to my stepdaughter after her Dad passed.
I made Sunbonnet Sue quilts for my
granddaughters Amy and Gina. I
occasionally went to Red River Quilters meetings with my friend Carol Schmidt
and eventually joined. In 1980 we moved
to Arkansas and I joined the homemakers club there. We did quilting and had a small quilt show
every year. My daughter, Jerrie moved
back to LA in 2000 and we started going to RRQ meetings. Then we moved to Carthage, Texas. I joined a quilting guild there and
eventually, Jerrie and I were attending meetings in Carthage and Shreveport Now I live with Jerrie in Haughton and we
share a sewing room and I’m still making quilts.