Virgie Betts article from h.o.m.e. Newsletter 'This Time' in 2003
One of the most popular
line of quilts ever produced by h.o.m.e. is the
Virgie Betts, Quilt-Maker Extraordinaire:
My name is Virgie Betts and I live here
in Bucksport.. I became interested in quilting with a little girl
friend in Hulls Cove years ago. Years and years ago. I think I was
between 11 and 12. Three of us girls got together and went to one
another's house and we tackled a quilt block. It didn't last long,
you know But as I got older and when I first got married, I decided
to make one. It was a very simple colorful thing, windmill pattern,
which is one of the easier ones and I did finish that.
Virgie with Crazy-Patch Quilt
Virgie with Chloe
FALL 2009 'THIS TIME'
Crazy For Quilting
Virgie Betts was one of the early
leaders and workers at the H.O.M.E. Co-op. In the 1970's she was the
head of the Stitchery Department.
"We were busy all the time," she said, on a recent visit to Stitchery. "We made fashions for boutiques in New York City."
Virgie is still known around H.O.M.E. for her distinctive satin crazy with hand embroidery decoration.
"As a young girl, I got the idea for crazy quilts with satin and embroidery," she recalled.
"There was a lady I'd see around town, in a wheelchair, and whenever I saw her she'd have one on her lap. I wanted to make one like that.
But I thought I'd never have the patience. Well, I learned patience!
"My Aunt taught
me embroidery when I was very young. I still hate to throw away any
pretty little pieces of fabric, so I always have lots of them on hand.
I've made seventeen of the crazy patch quilts."
Virgie Betts, finishing a queen-size quilt in Stitchery, \
September 9, 2009.
The pattern is Log Cabin, Straight Furrow,
in red and black. "
This is the last big quilt of my career, " she said.
It's for my granddaughter.
Karen Saum and her purple satin crazy quilt made by Virgie.
Karen is filming Virgie and her quilts for a friend in Panama,
who belongs to a group there.
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