Eunice Roberts

I was inspired to learn to quilt from a baby quilt that my husband’s Great Aunt Flossie made for our first son. It was such a beautiful quilt made from 1” grandmother flower garden hexagons. I tried quilting on my own by purchasing a ladies magazine with a how-to-quilt article in it. Unfortunately, I didn’t really follow the directions very well or at all. I didn’t add the seam allowance to the pattern. I made ½” seams instead of ¼” seams. I used all kinds of fabrics together: calicos, ginghams, prints, corduroy (ugh), sail cloth, and lots of other odd fabrics. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I wore it out using it! The one thing I learned was that I wanted to do more quilting.

EuniceSo I decided to take a class in quilting. I was so lucky to have found Eunice as my first instructor in quilting. She taught the adult school class on beginners quilting. She was not only proficient in the techniques of quilting, but she was also an artist. I learned so much from her. She encouraged our class members to form a quilt group which met for more than 20 years. She continued to provide instruction on various techniques, increasing everyone’s knowledge. She never asked for any payment for this instruction. I continued to learn from her mentorship for over 30 years and became close friends with her. She is now 93 and lives in a retirement home in Colorado Springs. Here is a portrait that I did of her in fabric and Tsukineko inks.

Comments

  1. What a wonderful tribute to your teacher, mentor and over the years your friend and confidant.

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