For the past sixteen years, I have had the pleasure and good fortune of going over to Frances' house to meet with her and four other great women who form our circle. We shared, not just our quilting techniques and projects, but our lives, with their ups and downs. We all laughed together and shared tears together. We have attended weddings, funerals, and rejoiced at births of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We will miss you and your inspiration Frances, but will remember you every time we add a little bit of yellow to our quilts, as you often reminded us to do.
Frances made this quilt inspired by one of Jean Well's books on innovative piecing techniques. Frances had such a wonderful sense of using space, shape and form to create great compositions. She would often say that she was not an artist. You can see how wrong she was about that!
She made this piece following a workshop she took from Carol Taylor at
Pacific International Quilt Festival.
This beautiful quilt was started in a Ruth McDowell workshop at Asilomar.