I’m thrilled to let you know that there’s an article about me in the April/May issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine. I met Dana Jones at the Panguitch Quilt Festival last June and she interviewed me for a long time. I haven’t seen it yet. I remember being quite chatty that day, and I have no idea how she could have boiled down all the things I told her into a short article!!
The same issue has an article about the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival, which we were honoured to sing at last year. I wrote a song about the story that inspired the festival. The crops failed during the first year the town was settled, in southern Utah (1864) because of an early winter. When the food supplies were dangerously low, seven men volunteered to walk to the next town, 40 miles distant, to bring back food to keep them alive until spring. They set out with a cart and two oxen.
After about 10 miles, it was clear they weren’t going to make it. The oxen could not get through the snow, and the men battled on through waist-high snow until they, too, realized it was impossible. They held a prayer circle by spreading their bedding (quilts) on the snow. While they were praying for guidance, they realized they did not sink in the snow when they were on the quilts. It was decided that they could achieve their quest by walking on the quilts.
It’s a great story, and it was a great festival.
The rest of the issue seems to be full of Canadians: my friend Daphne Greig has a new pattern in the magazine, Kathy Wylie’s Founders’ Award-Winning quilt from Houston last year is on the cover, and the hugely wonderful Nova Scotia quilt artist Laurie Swim has a four-page article.
Thanks to Dana for a wonderful issue!! The April/May issue of QNM should be in your newsagent now.