Sunday, August 5, 2012

In memory of Jennifer McCann, my friend and my quilter

Jennifer McCann my friend and my quilter
January 17, 1945 – July 23, 2012
I met Jennifer the summer of 2008. I had heard about long arm machines and quilters, but didn’t think I could afford their services. Then I saw a sample quilt hanging in Quilt Trends in Columbus, Ohio of a kit that I had recently made myself. I decided that I wanted to have my quilt similarly quilted. The shop put me in contact with the quilter and a friendship was started. I had seen her sample so I was comfortable with her skill level and when I talked and then met her, I was even more impressed. In my opinion she was an Artist! She did all of her quilting Free Hand!!

Because we live 3 hours from each other we talked on the phone and saw each other a couple of times a year. Whenever I called she would say ‘Hi sweetheart how’s it going!’ She was always very supportive of my piecing and color selection. She would say a quilt top was beautiful and I would say ‘You have to say that!’ she would say no not always!! When selecting threads and quilting patterns, her suggestions were to make sure they didn’t take away from the quilt itself. After all I put a lot of time into the fabric selection and piecing of the quilts.

I was able to attend the Lake Farm Parks quilt show a couple of times with Jennifer and her friends and it is always interesting to hear what others have to say about the quilts and the quilting.  I wish I had made the time to have Jennifer teach me how to machine quilt.
I’m very lucky to have had almost 30 quilts and wall hangings quilted by Jennifer. They will remain some of my favorites and will make special gifts for my family and friends.

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Miss Carol said...

Oh Dear! I was at a retreat quite a few years ago and had the honor of sitting with Jennifer. We saw each other from time to time at quilt shows and both shared our love of longarm quilting. Had she been sick? or was this sudden. A wonderful lady is now quilting among the angels! Rest in Peace Jennifer and I am so sorry for your loss too.

Joyce said...

Hi Darlene, After you can into the store I realized we had collected a significant amount of money that week for Reece's Rainbow. So I went upstairs and this family had just sent me an email wondering if I could help them. Here is the post:

So here is the comment and left:

$650.00 was added to your FSP by our customers in loving memory of Jennifer McCann, a long arm quilter who lived in Columbus, Ohio. She often shared her talents by quilting on scarlet and gray for Buckeye fans near and far. We noticed your reference to the Ohio State Marching Band, and decided it would be most appropriate to share the funds we raised for Reece’s Rainbow this week with your family. We can’t wait to one day see you with your little bundle of joy.


BigLittleDays says:

July 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Joyce and Sarah and customers, we are so grateful to you for sharing your incredible story and your generous gift. It means so much to us. Thank you for your work…in so many ways.

Cathy said...

I am so sorry you have lost such a precious friend in Jennifer! I live near her, and didn't even know about her! I'm sorry not to have met her too! God's blessings on you as you miss your dear friend! ♥♥♥

Darlene Gerber said...

Joyce thank you for the donation in Jennifer's name to help bring a special needs child, home to a loving family!!!

Stitchwhiz said...

That is a very nice tribute to your friend. I'm really sorry that you've lost a friend and that the quilting world has lost such a talent.

Regards from a Buckeye living in Texas,
Mary Kirwin

SewCalGal said...

Big quilty hug. I'm truly sorry for your loss. The quilting world lost a a wonderful person.