I had also asked my grandmother to write down some of her experiences with quilting and this is what she wrote...
"I made my first hand-sewn four-square block when I was nine years old. Although I made an occasional quilt during my early adult years it was not until 1979 -- while caring for my aged mother-in-law that I took up quilting seriously as a therapeutic hobby; since then I have made over 200 quilts. I served two years as president of the Hawaii Quilt Guild, two three-year terms on the board of the Utah Valley Quilt Guild, and five years on the board of the New Friends Quilt Guild, mostly handling the Christmas parties and two annual quilt shows.
I was fortunate enough to have an article, "Random Thoughts of a Random Quilter," published in the February 1989 publication of the National Quilting Association's Patchwork Patter.
In 1990, funded by a grant from the Institute for Polynesian Studies, I produced a twenty-eight minute videotape, "Quilts and Quilters of Polynesia." I also presented a paper, "Quilting As a Family-Enhancing Art-Form," at the national conference of the Oral History Association, 12 October 1991. The presentation included the showing of my videotape, which was also presented on public television in Hawaii that same year. I also helped organize the photo-shoot and was one of those featured in "The Story of Hawaiian Quilting," Sandra Goforth's article in the May 1993 issue of Patchwork Quilts."
Since arriving in Utah in 1994 I have shown quilts and/or won ribbons at shows in Springville, Wellsville, and American Fork and I continue to produce quilts for great-grand kids. Serving three years as Relief Society president in the Orchard Ward, Pleasant Grove, Utah, cut into my quilting time for a while, but I am now back on track. I am an old-fashioned patchwork quilt-maker using "true" scraps. My grandmother made many, many quilts and I have passed on her genes to two of my grand-daughters which supports the idea that the interest seems to skip every other generation."
I can't say for sure whether it does or it doesn't (skip every generation) but I am trying to convert every family member, friend and neighbor I can to the art of quilting. I love it and am so thankful to my grandmother (Gigi) for teaching me the basic "How-To's." I'm thankful for the joy and satisfaction quilting has brought to me over the years and also for the way it has brought her and I closer together.