Quilter finds passion, stress reliever in projects

  • Saturday, March 23, 2013

Elaine Barksdale has been a member of the Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild for 15 years, and that is when she actually started to quilt with the help of Marian Hammond.
When she met Hammond, Barksdale became intrigued with the idea of learning how to quilt. Hammond was more than willing to share her knowledge and love of quilting. They have been friends ever since.Barksdale told Hammond that she wouldn't start another quilt until she finished the one she was working on. As quilters know, that is not the case.
Most quilters have many projects in the making at the same time.
Quilting is Barksdale's passion, her stress reliever and her inspiration. It makes her feel good to finish a quilt and look at it and say, "I did that!"
As a quilter, she claims one can never have enough fabric, so she loves to go to quilt shows to build her stash. She enjoys making scrap quilts. The more different fabrics you have on hand the better, and you never get in a jam when you run out of a certain fabric, she said.
Barksdale has won many ribbons for her quilts but the area that means the most to her is the quilt that won for Best of Color.
"When people look at what you have made and see the love you put into a project - that's quilting," she said.
She loves to appliqué and always has a project going.
"The appliquéd quilts are my most treasured," she said.
Many people are amazed and didn't believe that she actually appliquéd 588 1-½ inch circles all from different fabrics and 88 flower petals on a double wedding ring quilt, and it was hand-quilted, too. That quilt won "Viewers Choice Award" at the Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild quilt show in 2011.
The Guild has been a place to meet new friends, share the joy of quilting and learn from some of the most amazing women.

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