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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