Patsy introduced our guest speaker, Carolyn O'Bagy-Davis. Ms Davis is here from Tucson and is the author of several books. She is an anthropologist by training and has been studying and chronicling the traditions of Hope quilting for over thirty years. During that time she has collected and extensively documented over one hundred of the Hopi quilts. Ms Davis' quilts are being donated to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The presentation described how missionaries introduced quilting to the Hopi women. Their quilts are used in baby naming ceremonies , funeral shrouds, going away quilts as well as other ceremonial quilts.
The quilts are primarily hand pieced and hand quilted using whatever fabric was available. Many have a patchwork design, many are scrappy quilts and some feature a star, bird, or butterfly design. The quilts may also be hand painted and tied.
There are three mesas on the reservation and each one has their own distinct style. Quilts from the 2nd Mesa are influenced by their basket weaving tradition while quilts from the 1st Mesa are influenced by their pottery designs.
Carolyn said if you would like to visit the Hope reservation you should go to the 2nd Mesa Hotel and stop in at their Hotel shop. Mentioning that you are a quilter is a good conversation starter and, by all means, bring along some fabric to give to any Hopi quilter you meet. At the end of the presentation, there were original Hopi quilts, Hopi hand painted blocks, and many of Carolyn's books.
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Presented by Jo Ann Hankey
Programs, workshops, sew-ins and presentations in 2019.
December 10 General Meeting
Presented by JoAnn
Presented by Betty Jo McDonald
Post-meeting note: The workshop was fun and informative. We love our string bags!
Presented by Margaret Willingham, guest speaker
Presented by Patsy Franko
Post-meeting update: Members also brought in their quilts to be donated to the Stand Down Program for vets. In addition, Quilting Sisters brought in even more quilts for Stand Down program and more for the women's shelters. Thank you members!
Presented by Lucille Hurley
Presented by Patsy Franko
Post-meeting update: Members worked very diligently to duplicate Patsy's beautiful little tree. Although it was a simple enough pattern and everything was explained very well, most of us will be finishing our trees at home. The plan is for everyone involved to complete their tree and bring it to the August meeting for Show & Tell.
This was a fun workshop with lots of hard work but lots of smiles and chatting too. Thank you Patsy!
Guest presenters: students from Ash Fork High School
from Patsy Franko
Presented by guest speaker Patty Pearce