Friday, September 25, 2009

Lois Scharz - her first applique quilt - Pictorial Quilt replica

May I share a wonderful story with you? I received this photo in the mail from a Mr. Lamb, a history buff and collector of African American artifacts. His wife's aunt, Lois Scharz, stitched this replica of Harriet Powers' Pictorial Quilt. Mr. Lamb had learned about my new book, This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces, and read it. The year before he asked Mrs. Scharz, a quilter, to sew the replica for him. I was so amazed at the photos that I called and spoke to Mr. Lamb, and, later that evening to Mrs. Scharz, who is a dear.

Believe it or not, this quilt is Mrs. Scharz's first appliqued quilt! You can see her in the photo. She started the quilt in November 2008 and finished it on August 8, 2009! She told me she would love to have met Harriet Powers. Mrs. Scharz lives on a Virginia farm and has invited this city girl to come visit! Enjoy!


Karoda said...

and this works too...what a beautiful compliment and tribute to honor Mrs. Powers. and again, congratulations to've created something that will continue to connect the dots of time, events, the past, present and future :)

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

What a beatiful story! I hope you are able to visit Ms. Scharz.

By the way, I would like to grant your blog the "One Lovely Blog Award." Information about this award may be found on my blog at the following link: One Lovely Blog Award



American Folk Art @ Cooperstown said...

Wonderful story, Kyra, and a great quilt. Thanks for sharing!


Green Street Company Folk Art said...

This is my first time reading your blog... and I enjoy reading your blog very much! I look forward to following your blog in the future!

yarnahoy said...

It's so stunning & unique. And a wonderful story.

Big Mama said...

To this untrained eye, I'd say Mrs. Scharz did a superb job.
I, too, hope you'll take her up on her invitation.