BY sharon diana

century club member

Staying true to her 2012-2013 theme of “Appreciating the Beauty Around Us,” Century Club President Carol Farrar presented a program featuring Marilyn Locke’s “Quilts From My Collection.” 

Locke is well known to the community as a collector and teacher of quilting. Locke’s husband, Dr. Don Locke, created the Supper Quilt which can be seen at the Central Presbyterian Church. 

The Supper Quilt, which was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s depiction of  The Last Supper painted on the wall of a Dominican cloister more than 500 years ago, has been estimated to have been viewed by 750,000 people over the years. 

Introduced by Club Treasurer Ruth Wilkins, Locke displayed 10 quilts from her collection. 

The oldest quilt in the collection was dated from the 1870s and was made in the Star Pinwheel pattern. 

Locke explained that quilts are dated by the newest fabric contained in the quilts. 

Locke said that labeling is very important so that quilts can have historical perspective. Labeling should ideally contain the name of the quilter, the quilters birthdate and the date of death.

Although there were some quilts in the collection that were meant to be displayed on the wall, these quilts were made to be used, to be slept under, to be sat on. 

There were whimsical quilts, like the 1930s Mickey Mouse quilt. Mickey’s appearance has changed considerably since the 1930s. 

There were serious quilts, like the beautifully done quilt with a Civil War veteran’s photo superimposed on the fabric. 

There was a crazy quilt made from silks, satins and men’s ties. 

There were quilts made from cotton sateen and feed sacks. 

All the quilts had a beauty all their own.

Five club members displayed their own family quilts at the conclusion of Locke’s presentation. 

Radora Doyle presented a Double Irish Chain made by her great grandmother in the 1940s. 

JoAnn Ranton showed a quilt made by her paternal grandmother in the 1940s. 

Farrar showed a quilt given to the family as a gift. All her children and grandchildren have used it. Fran Johnson displayed a quilt in the tulip pattern made by her great aunt in the 1920s and Ruth Wilkins showed a quilt in the grandmother’s flower garden pattern. 

Wrapping up the quilting segment of the program, Wilkins read her own short composition titled “Jenny & Me,” a story based on her real life grandmother named Jenny who, with many stops and starts, fashioned a quilt over many years. The story was told in the first person from the point of view of the quilt.

Prior to Locke’s program there was a business meeting, which included the reading of the minutes, a treasurer’s report and a Federation Counselor’s Report. 

The Club also voted to continue its yearly contribution to the WISD Literacy Program, DEAR DAY. Annette Cooper was recognized as a guest.

The clubs nominating committee presented the following slate of officers for the club year 2013-2014:  President –  Carol Farrar, First Vice President – Shawnee Harding, Second Vice President – JoAnn Ranton, Recording Secretary – Louise Barnett, Corresponding Secretary – Radora Doyle, Treasurer – Ruth Wilkins, Historian – Fran Johnson, Reporter – Sharon Diana, Auditor – Grace Tamminga and Federation Counselor – Shawnee Harding. 

The Century Club’s next meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building.

The program will feature Patricia French Smith, who will relate a modern love story about how an Italian war bride came to Waxahachie. The war bride was Pat’s mother. 

The club would like to remind all members of the community that guests are always welcome.