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KingmanQwithBoo.jpg (200442 bytes)KingmanSamplerQuiltTITLES.jpg (191185 bytes)In May I was invited to speak at the Kingman, Arizona, "Books are Magic" festival. I had a wonderful time at both the festival itself and the talk I gave at the local history museum. In my very lively audience at the museum, I had a bunch of wonderful fans from the Kingman Quilters Guild. They presented me with this gorgeous quilt that shows all my book titles so far. What a delightful surprise it was! I finally managed to take a photo (with Mr. Boo in the photo--bribed with some Hebrew National hot dogs) and get it up on the website for others to enjoy. My apologies to the Kingman Quilters Guild for taking so long! 

Here's what is embroidered on the label: Presented to Earlene Fowler by Members of the Kingman Quilters Guild in appreciation for the many pleasurable hours we have spent in the company of Benni Harper, Gabe Ortiz and their friends and family. May 15, 2009

Listed in another square are the contributing quilters: Jackie Bradley, Ann Cahoy, Jean Estes, Nancy Hilton, Sonjia Kinzer, Gail Shaw, Danna Uyehara, Sally Bradley, Sally Cunnningham, Karin Goudy, Toni King, Luci Pewsey, Lorraine Taylor, Becky Wilson 

Assembled and Quilted by: Karin Goudy (Awesome quilting! Unfortunately it's hard to see in the photo)
Label by" Alice Miller (also incredible!)

Thanks to all of you! I had a super time in Kingman. You all are the best!

      A wonderful fan, Eunice Palffy-Muhoray, made this incredible Sunshine and Shadow quilt for me from Akron Ohio.   She and a bunch of her students came to my signing in Cleveland in 2003 and gave everyone a wonderful quilt show of quilts based on my books.

     This lovely quilt was made for me by a fan, Norma Enfield, of Murrieta, California.  She presented it to me at the San Diego Quilt show in August 2002.  She put everything in it that I love! 

     The staff at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest made this for me to commemorate my signing at their marvelous store in Salem, Oregon.  It is signed by Sylvia Dorney, the owner, all eleven of her store employees and, of course, Mo, the store mascot, a Great Dane the size of a Shetland pony!

      This quilt was made for me by a dear fan, Janis Chase, of Mount Aukum, California.  She presented to me at my booksigning at Ann's Books in Atascadero, California. It is a variation of the Steps to the Altar pattern and is quite striking. 

 

     These two quilts were made for me by a fan in Salem--Sue Kreft.  They are called Benni's Wedding Boots and Gabe's Wedding Boots.  She was inspired by my third book, Kansas Troubles.  She bought the cowgirl and cowboy fabric at the quilt festival in Sisters, Oregon.   She was working on the quilts when the World Trade Center was hit so a lot of prayers for her son, Jacob, (who is in the National Guard) and other young men were quilted into these quilts.  

     Here's a picture with a quilt given to me by a friend.   Karen is a deputy district attorney and an extremely busy woman.   She is also an excellent quilter.   She made this challenge quilt for the MidState Fair in San Luis Obispo county.   (A challenge quilt is where you are given a piece of fabric and you are "challenged" to use it in a quilt that usually has a theme).
       The challenge fabric in this case was the red bandanna fabric.   The theme was western.   Unfortunately, she was working hard on a case at the time and didn't finish in time to enter it in the fair.  I named it the "I Coulda Been a Contender" quilt because I think, it would have won first place!

      My grandma Webb (from Arkansas) made this quilt top for me but never quilted  it because her eyes got too weak.   She had a finished quilt like this and I slept under once when I visited her in Ajo, Arizona, a small copper mining town (before the mine closed, that is) in southern Arizona.   I loved that quilt so she made me this top and said I could finish it.   I never have and now I can't bear to.   It still has her basting stitches in it and for some reason I just can't take them out.   I display it at Christmas time and show it when I give one of my quilt talks.

     This quilt top was made by one of my great-aunts in Arkansas.   It is called Path in the Wilderness and is a very unusual pattern.   I've only found one reference to it in all my quilt books and it said that this pattern was popular in the early 1930's in the south.   Since my mother's family was from around McCaskill, Arkansas, that makes sense.   When I was doing research for Arkansas Traveler (April 2001), we stopped at a quilt and quartz show outside of the town of Mt. Ida in Montgomery county.   In the show was a quilt that was an exact duplicate of the quilt top I have at home.   The makers were Etta and Myrtle Webb.   The card said it was made 63 years ago by Henry Webb's mother and wife (who must be distant relatives of mine).   It was a one-chance-in-a-million that we'd stop at that little quilt show and find a quilt made by my relatives.

     Here's the picture of the quilt that Tina Davis made for me incorporating all of my first six book titles.  It hangs above my sofa in my living room and has been shown on Simply Quilts television show and its twin (owned by Tina) has been displayed at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado. 

    This beautiful miniature quilt was made and given to me by a fan of mine, Mary Ann Johnson.  She lives in Southern California and I first met her at a signing in Pasadena.  The name of the pattern is Grandmother's Flower Garden and it measures 6 1/2" by 7". 

    This lovely and fun quilt was made and given to me by Ramona Bates of Arkansas.  It cleverly uses both Arkansas Traveler patterns.  It was displayed at Quilt 2000 put on by the Arkansas Travelers Guild.

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