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Scott’s Whimsy, 72” x 60”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1990 – 1991, machine-pieced and hand-quilted. This basic nine-patch with borders is owned by Nicole Deibel, my niece. Nikki graduated college last year.

 

Crib Quilt, 48” x 36”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1990, machine-pieced and hand quilted and tied. Leftover scraps from Scott’s Whimsey provided the materials for this small quilt made for Grace Emma Goodwin of Belividere, New Jersey. Her mother, Mary Jane Kuehn, went to high school with me. Grace is now a senior in high school.

 

The Peace Quilt, 45” x 45”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1990 – 1991, machine-pieced, hand-appliquéd and quilted (by several members of the group!). The Peace Quilt was a group project to raise money for a local AIDS charity. The quilt was exhibited at Palm Beach Quiltfest 1991, West Palm Beach, Florida, and was featured in the “What’s News in Quilting” column of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, September 1991. The quilt was auctioned off and I later bought it back from the buyer. Later it was given to Richard Barnes, pastor of the Church of Today in West Palm Beach, Florida. After his death in the mid-1990s, it remained in his family.

 

Exhibit sign from Palm Beach Quiltfest 1991 for The Peace Quilt.

   

Copy of picture and write-up about The Peace Quilt in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, September 1991.

 

Patty’s Amish: Sawtooth Square, 44” x 44”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1991 – 1992, machine-pieced, hand-quilted, designed to be hung on point. This quilt was produced for Patty Ingraham of Jupiter, Florida, using solid, vibrant colors and traditional Amish design. It was also exhibited at the Boynton Beach Florida Women’s Club annual quilt show.

 

Patty’s Amish finally on Patty’s couch, Jupiter, Florida 1992.

   

Exhibit info from quilt show where Patty’s Amish was shown. Write-up in catalog stated: “This 44” x 44” wall hanging was designed to be hung on point. It was machine-pieced and hand-quilted by Scott Humphries during the fall and winter of 1991 – 92. It was given as a late Christmas gift to Patty Ingraham, Scott’s boss’s wife.”

 

Great Grandmother Amy Miller, circa 1930. She died before I was born, but I grew up with one of her quilts.

 

Great Grandmother’s Fan, 60” x 60”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1992, machine-pieced, hand-appliquéd, hand-quilted, designed to be hung on point. The fan pieces on this quilt were salvaged from the quilt made by my great grandmother, which I used as a child. The original quilt was made circa. 1940 and featuring fabric from that era. I gave the fan pieces a new background and border and also appliquéd several loose fan pieces on the back-side of the quilt. This quilt was given to my mother, Juanita Humphries, when she lived with my father in Boynton Beach, Florida. The quilt came back to me after my father’s death in 2005, at which time my mother went into an assisted care living situation. Before leaving Germany, Noraseth and I knew were to become parents along with Nina and Yuan-Tsu, her partner. I gave the quilt to the girls to give to Joshua, passing the quilt on down to yet another generation, as is traditonal …

 

Great Grandmother’s Fan, back-side.

 

Great Grandmother’s Fan, on the bed.

 

Great Grandmother’s Fan given to my mother on Mother’s Day, 1992.

   

Great Grandmother’s Fan – Dad had to get in the picture, literally and figuratively!

 

Joshua in Great Grandmother’s Fan, Wuppertal, Germany 2008.

 

Joshua on Great Grandmother’s Fan, Wuppertal, Germany 2008.

   

Stained Glass, 45” x 45” with two 45” x 12” panels, West Palm Beach, Florida 1992, machine-pieced. This three panel wall hanging is a modern version of the Crazy Quilt pattern. Assembled by machine, contemporary colors and cottons replace the satins and velvets traditionally popular in this type of quilt circa 1900. Embroidery normally used to embellish each seam has been abandoned for a streamlined, lighter look. This piece hung for a year in 1992 behind the altar at the Church of Today (South Florida Center for Awareness) in West Palm Beach, Florida. I later gave it to my brother Fred.

 

Kenny’s Crib Quilt: Shadows and Light, 54” x 36”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1993, machine-pieced and hand-quilted. I made this crib quilt for my nephew Kenny. The emphasis is on progression of dark to light patterned fabric (which I received as monthly 4” inch squares from a quilt club I subscribed to at the time.)

 

Kenny Deibel on Shadows and Light, Toms River, New Jersey 1993. Kenny is now a senior in high school.

   

Sampler Quilt, 80” x 60”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1992, machine-pieced, hand-quilted (quilting finished in New Jersey after the move back up north in 1994). Pictured in the frame, with 6 blocks visible, this quilt takes twelve traditional quilt block patterns and updates them with use of wild colored and patterned materials popular in the early 1990s. I gave this quilt to my nephew Henry when it was finally finished.

 

Amish Rose, 24” x 24”, West Palm Beach, Florida 1993, machine-pieced, hand-quilted, designed to be hung on point. A small (about the size of a large pillow) simple wall hanging in a traditional Amish pattern with an emphasis on solid, straight stitches which I sent to madcap artist Ricky Boscarino at Luna Parc in Sandyston, New Jersey. The solid colored triangles were originally squares of fabric received from the same quilting club subscription mentioned above (Shadows and Light).

 

Mark of Luna, approx. 36” x 24”, Sandyston, New Jersey February – June 1994, machine-pieced, hand-quilted. I found the yellows and marbleized red at a fabric store in Nashville, TN and the jungle prints at a fabric store in Riviera Beach, Florida. Always wanted to do something with these pieces but didn’t know what – didn’t have enough for a large piece. They finally found their home in this piece, which is totally original down to the patterns used for hand-quilting on the black panels. To add to the whimsy, I intentionally used various contrasting colored threads for the hand-quilting on the black panels. This piece stayed at Luna Parc for a few years but Ricky let me take it when I visited after having moved to Germany. When I left Germany for Thailand, I gave this wall hanging to Nina and Yuan Tsu – along with Great Grandmother’s Fan – to pass down to our son Joshua.

 

Native Amish, approx. 5’ x 5’, Sandyston, New Jersey 1994, machine-pieced, hand-quilted. I wanted to use an Amish pattern but not traditional Amish colors. To that I added patterns for the hand-quilting that reflect a more Native American style. This quilt is still with Ricky at Luna Parc.

 

Amish Bars, Queen size, Kassel, Germany 2004 – 2005, machine-pieced, hand-quilted. I bet Noraseth I could make a queen-size quilt before he could finish his Ph.D. dissertation. I won. I had originally had a lot of triangles in the same style as the Amish Rose above and wanted to make a large quilt that looked exactly like that one. But after machine piecing a large bed-sized center panel (and buying the material from Patricia Kuhn at Quilts am Luckenberg in Fulda for the borders and back) I washed the pieced top and the black triangles ripped like wet paper (a warning: buy your good cotton at quilt shops, not fabric-remnant stores). So I went back to Patricia (who is an ex-pat like me, originally from Virginia) to buy more fabric to now make large Amish bar panels for the quilt-top. I’d always wanted to do a large-paneled quilt in this style anyway (and when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade). The piecing was relatively quick at that point since the panels were quite large. The hand-quilting, though, took months of very relaxing evenings and weekends – Celtic music on the Mp3 stereo and lots of chatting with friends who dropped by to hang out (but not to quilt). The quilt was intended as a graduation gift for Noraseth but he got it early (since I finished it WAY before he finished the diss). It survived the container move to Thailand and is with us here – on a rack (too warm to use on the bed).

 

At work on Amish Bars. Patricia sold me on the tiny PVC quilting frame. I was leery, having always used a free standing floor frame, but it was quite comfortable to quilt on the dining table with one hand underneath, as pictured. The quilt could easily be folded up and put aside when we needed the table and we didn’t need to find space in the apartment for a large frame.

 

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