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I made my first quilt in 1973 while pregnant with my second daughter. My mother and grandmother both quilted but had not taught me, so I really began from scratch. I wanted a quilt to cover her bassinet, it was awful but it kept her head from rubbing the woven bassinet. My next attempt was a crib quilt for her but I had no one to tell me how large to make it. I measured the mattress and made it that size. Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with no room to cover the baby. It just lays flat on the mattress. To say I have learned a lot, is an understatement.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Women Who Inspire Me

I have long been inspired by other women. Women who seem to accomplish much more than I can even dream of, women who just keep doing when others give up, women who are just amazing.

Miss Lucile is one such woman. I don't think she will be angry when I tell you that Miss Lucile is 92 years young. I say young because she really is young in heart and mind.

Lucile lives alone, not in my town, but a town a few miles down the highway and she drives herself wherever she wants to go. She comes to the quilt shop on a regular basis and never misses an event or sale. She never misses an opportunity to inspire each and everyone of us. She has told me on many occasions that when you stop using your mind, you will just die. You must keep learning new things and being active.

Lucile has a computer and has learned to keep in touch with everything out in the cyberworld and the happenings at the shop. She keeps in touch with family and friends this way also.

When she had learned that piece of equipment, Lucile bought herself an embroidery machine and proceeded to teach herself to use it. She has made some really amazing quilt with it. Not that her others are not amazing.

These are some images of a baby quilt she made using her embroidery machine on rose cuddle fabric. She has made several using this method. Mothers with new babies love to receive a quilt from Lucile.

Lucile takes classes to keep up with the latest techniques and methods. She told me her goal is to make 100 quilts and to also win "Best of Show" at the county fair.

I have some photos here of a quilt (unquilted) that she is entering in the fair tomorrow. It is embroidered on silk and is absolutely beautiful. We will get some photos after the fair, hopefully, with her ribbon attached.

Sorry some of the color is off but I was taking these with my phone. The quilt is truly beautiful and we wish Lucile the best of luck with the show.

All the girls at the shop keep telling Lucile that they want to be her when they grow up. I just told her that I wanted to be able to quilt as she does.

We are honored to call Lucile our friend.


Lucile told me she has over $150 in thread alone in this quilt. Judging from the weight of the quilt, I can truly believe this. When I held it up at our First Saturday meeting last month I told her she would probably need help to bind it as it was so heavy. She informed me later that she did not need any help, she did it alone. You go Lucile!

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