how lucky am I?

January 20, 2008

I was reunited today with three of my little “apprentices”.  Today’s project of choice: bean collage…(one of my favorites as a kid and a great lesson in both color and texture)…

While the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy today’s project, the highlight of my visit was finally getting to meet Libby DuBois Pettit, a nationally recognized and award-winning quilter from Montana,  affectionately referred to by the girls as “Grandma Libby”.  I have admired her work since I started lessons with the girls several months ago. The following two expertly pieced quilts hang in their living room:

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(photos do these no justice…the surface texture is amazing in person)

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Aside from her beautiful compositions, each quilt tells a story or evokes an underlying theme.  The quilt featured above (with the heart) represents our nation’s soldiers, a common theme for Libby.  Other popular threads in her work include stories of justice, women’s rights, historical events, and landscapes.

It was truly an honor to speak with her about her art…(Libby if you’re reading this…thanks a million for the inspiration, I soooooo needed it)…and I’m more than thrilled to hear she’s hanging around town long enough to possibly teach me a trick or two when it comes to fabric.

Oh and not to brag or anything…but check out the Libby Tote I received for Christmas….

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE her fabric of choice…and will cherish it forever…

(Special note to the Medley’s…I apologize for not having sent a “thank you” note for this gem…I think I inhaled too many paint fumes and lost sight of my Southern manners for bit…)

4 Responses to “how lucky am I?”


  1. Thank you for so much for showing us these beautiful pieces….I am going to google her now. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.


  2. Thanks so much for your kind words! She is planning on starting a website soon to sell her beauties, and I’ll keep you posted when she does…


  3. […] making felt puppets with three of my favorite apprentices, Lia, Emma, and Maia.  Their lovely Grandma Libby, gave us some inspiration in the form of The Quiltmaker’s […]


  4. […] company.  All while celebrating the time we’ve had with Libby, a dedicated artist, quilter, grandmother, and […]


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