Jeanne Wright at Maine Quilt Show receiving the "Viewer's Choice" Award Thursday, August 13, 2009 |
DEXTER - Jeanne Wright, daughter of Ed and Elizabeth 'Lib' Carter and granddaughter of Homer and Edith Wilbur, recently participated in the 32nd Annual Maine Quilt Show in Augusta.
She submitted two quilts for judging, both of which earned ribbons. Two other quilts were submitted for display, one of which received the distinction of 'Viewer's Choice' at this quilt show where over 500 of the 'best of the best' Maine quilts are viewed. A picture of this 'Viewer's Choice' quilt, entitled 'Tea Party' can be found at www.mainequilts.org. The second of the two display quilts depicted Dick and Jane stories in pictures on a “chalkboard” with writing on the board that indicates Pleasant Street School, Dexter, Maine and the dates of her Kindergarten year there.
Jeanne has been quilting since 2001. Each year she creates 8-14 full size quilts and wall hangings, and submits them to the Cumberland County Fair for judging. All of her quilts are hand quilted and most of them are her own original designs, such as her 'Stained Glass Window' quilt, which is an exact copy of the stained glass window at the Windham Hill Church; a regulation-style Scrabble quilt, which uses six generations of her family's first names on hand embroidered squares sewn onto the “board”; and a Claudette Colbert Paper Doll quilt, on which are two removable “paper” dolls and all their clothes.
All of her quilts have been awarded ribbons and she has also won 'Best of Show' and 'Judge's Choice' awards. Her hand appliquéd and hand quilted 'Best of Show' quilt received a Blue Ribbon, Best of Show Ribbon and a silver engraved bowl. However, she says that her husband still doesn't understand why someone would buy fabric, cut it all up and then sew it back together!
“Other than the gift of love, the gift of color is one of God's greatest gifts,” states Jeanne. “Color may be essential in nature, but the appreciation of color is a gift for me.”
Jeanne's quilts were displayed at the Dexter Historical Society Museum, a three day presentation at the Windham Hill Church in Windham and later a “gift of talent” Sunday at the church, a local quilt shop show and at two one-woman quilt shows for charity at which more than 50 of her quilts were on display. She is currently developing a program to use her quilts at assisted living locations, in order to tell and hear rich stories which may be lost otherwise.
Of the many quilts Jeanne has made, she has given numerous quilts to her family and friends, to Project Linus and to her church. She hopes to have other opportunities to display her quilts, as they each have a story. She says, “I love to bring out my 'babies' to play.”