Friday, February 27, 2015
Florida Quilt Trail, White Springs
It's not a secret in my family that I don't sew. I can't hem and when Gabe's mother lived in the states I would bring her things to mend.
I am in awe of people who quilt. I admire the amount of work that went into each piece and I'll never forget how beautiful they are thanks to my many photos I have taken over the years.
White Springs, which is about a half hour from our home has joined four other communities in Florida and is now an official member of the Florida Quilt Trail.
This is a big deal for the tiny town of White Springs. It will help increase tourist to the area while it pays homage to the quilts that are works of art. It also honors the ladies who made the quilts. The two quilts celebrated at the ceremony Wednesday were made by Queenie Udell and Nancy Morgan.
Queenie Udell made the Yo-yo quilt. She was born in 1919 and died this year. She learned to make the quilts from her mother and grandmother who used flour sacks and old clothing to make the yo- yo quilts.
To make the yo-yo quilt, Queenie would first cut a circle of cloth. When she had a few circles she would gather the edge of the circle with a sewing thread. The gathered circle was pulled tight and flattened into the yo- yo circle with a tiny hole in the center where the gathers all came together. Then the quilt was sewn by hand. The yo- yos were always the size of a dime or a nickle. One of her quilts from the early 70's is in the archive collection of the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.
Queenie's quilt is FQT- WS1 ( Florida Quilt Trail- White Spring 1)
Nancy Morgan who made the Double Wedding Ring Quilt made her first quilt at the age of 13. The batting was cotton filling that was left over after a local turpentine distiller finished straining turpentine. She made over 200 quilts in her lifetime. She was recognized in 1985 with the Florida Folk Heritage Award for her knowledge of southern pioneer folk life and the practice of quilting.
Nancy's quilt is FQT-WS2 ( Florida Quilt Trail- White Springs 2)
Now on to the Photos