Honoring Donna Edwards

Donna EdwardsThis year the Western North Carolina Quilt Guld chose to honor Donna Edwards. Donna taught herself to quilt 35 years ago when she lived in New Hampshire. At that time there were no guilds nearby, so the only quilting information available to her was at local quilt shops. Donna also enjoyed sewing, making clothes, embroidering and numerous other crafts.

After reading an article about Hendersonville, NC, in the Southern Living magazine, Donna and her husband, Clarence, moved here when they retired in 1985. She joined the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild that same year and since then has served in many capacities in the Guild including: President, Vice President, Advisor, Quilt Show chair, National Quilting Day chair, and co-chair for the Guild's hosting of the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. For many years Donna managed the warehouse/storage area for the Guild's display racks. Donna also served as the raffle quilt ticket chair for 10 years plus worked, in some capacity, at every quilt show since moving to Hendersonville. Besides being a member of WNCQG, Donna is also a very active member of the Asheville Quilt Guild, Tarheel Piecemakers, and Landrum Quilters. Donna was a member of the Board for the NC Quilt Symposium, representing the WNCQG from the fall of 1992 through 1998.

display of some of Donna's quiltsGiving back to her community has been a big part of Donna's quilting life. She has made wall hangings for Four Seasons Hospice and Pardee Hospital and helped with quilts for Habitat for Humanity plus Quilts of Valor, which are made for veterans. She also participated in the guild's sewing project with the Hendersonville Boys and Girls Club for eight years, teaching quilting and sewing.

Her late husband, Clarence, was very supportive of Donna's quilting life. He helped set up many quilt shows and organize and manage the guild's storage area. Clarence even finished all of the 81 quilt show stands.

Traditional patterns and fabrics are Donna's favorites. She especially enjoys hand quilting and the process of creating quilts. Donna has won many ribbons at various quilt shows for her hand quilting. Interesting tidbits about Donna and her quilting – she is left-handed, does not use a thimble and takes one stitch at a time!

Thank you, Donna, for sharing your love of quilting with us and our community and for being such an important part of our Western North Carolina Quilt Guild!

Some of Donna's Award-Winning Quilts
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Butterflies in My Garden

Butterflies in My Garden

"I love butterflies. When I saw this pattern, I just had to make it. When I walk by it, it makes me smile. It's so colorful."

Butterflies detail 1 Butterflies detail 2
Yin and Yanag

Yin and Yang

"My sister and I were twins. This represents the differences in the two of us. We had lots of discussions on which one we were."

left figure right figure
Old Patterns in a New Home

Old Patterns in a New House

"For many years I made baby quilts and wall hangings. This was my first attempt at a bed quilt. I love sampler quilts."

Right: Detail of back of quilt
Full size view of back

Old Patterns back
Old Patterns detail
Blazing Stars

Blazing Stars

"This piece was made to honor my friend Doreen Speckman who wrote 'Peeky and Spike.'"

Info about Doreen:

Blazing stars - detail
Oriental Flowers

Left: Oriental Flowers

"I wanted to do something different. This was a fun piece."

Right: Pineapple

"When we retired and moved to North Carolina, I made this wall hanging. It is hand-pieced and hand-quilted."

A Touch of Spring

A Touch of Spring

"I made this to brighten up my husband's den wall."

A Touch of Spring detail
Victorian Basket

Victorian Basket

"My mother loved flowers and she gardened until she
was 92. I made this for her and it hung in her bedroom. She lived to be 100+ years."

Victorian Basket detail