One of two of the quilts of Jane Burgess is gracing the wall of the library this week. One or the other will be up until the end of July. Jane has been quilting since 1984 when she injured her back and had to sit around a lot. She decided to try quilting. Her first attempt at quilting was the Texas Lone Star pattern. It had hundreds of diamond shapes in it. It wasnít working out right so she dumped it all in the waste basket. Then she took a class to learn to quilt, making one with curved heart pieces. This is one of the hardest to do, and she was the only one in the class to finish her quilt. After that she was hooked.
Jane and her husband, Roger, have lived in Cottonwood for 2 ½ years, having moved here from Portland. Jane is a library board member, and teaches a quilting class each week. To sign up give her a call at 962-7011. Her other hobbies are knitting, crocheting, and doing counted cross stitch. They have 3 sons, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She loves to play pinochle. Jane and Roger are members of Grangeville Gospel Tabernacle. She is working on a church directory. She also likes to work on the computer making note cards or printing out bible verses on fabric. Roger keeps himself busy with the Boy Scouts.
The quilt on the wall was made for her 2nd granddaughter in 1991. It has her name, weigh and date of birth on it. It also has hand appliquéd clowns all over it. The granddaughter is now in her 1st year of college.
The other quilt that will be displayed at the library is called Angel in the Woods. It is a log cabin block pattern. The mural in the center is an old pioneer house in the fir trees with a rail fence.
Jane says she has made close to 100 quilts. She keeps some to decorate her home, but most of them she gives away. She likes to surprise people by giving them a quilt that they admired. She recently finished a Quilt of Valor, which goes to an injured serviceman, Jesse Ingram. One of her more special quilts is made in the marinerís compass pattern with 64 points. This one was made for Roger. Some of Janeís quilts are Memory Quilts which have pictures of a personís life on some of the squares. What a blessing to have someone so talented in the community.
The quilt in the photo above as well as those in the other two photos are being displayed at the Prairie Community Library.
They were made by Jane Burgess, right in above photo. The quilts are described in the accompanying article. Photos courtesy of Jane and Roger Burgess.