Folk Art Wreath

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Quilted By: Jarvis, Una
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1996
Project Name: Sinema Family Quilt Collection
Contributor: Arizona Quilt Documentation Project
ID Number: LSQ160024
Layout Format: Medallion or framed center
Quilt Size: 30.50 inches x 30.50 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Print
Colors: Beige or Tan, Gold, Green, Red
Construction: Machine Piecing, Hand Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Other Notes: One of Laurene Sinema's students dubbed her the "Quarter Block Queen" because, to save time when learning the techniques for an appliqué design, she would execute only one fourth of the pattern for a class sample. In the process of trying out the pattern she learned tricks to share with her students to make it easier for them to produce beautiful appliqué. Laurene was a perfectionist when it came to handwork and quilting. She stressed that in her classes. My mother was also a perfectionist and loved taking classes from Laurene. I worked at The Quilted Apple full time for several years and taught part-time for over 10 years. I was always so proud to be associated with the shop. Laurene and Janet provided such a wonderful, warm and inspiring atmosphere where you always felt welcome. Nancy Jean Derivan Eshelman Schneider
Inscription: Folk Art Wreath by Laurene Sinema 1996
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As a little girl, Laurene learned to quilt sitting beside her Grandma Nielsen. Because of a poverty-poor childhood she was unable to utilize this skill until age 26 when she was called to be president of the women's organization in her church. It was like a rocket launch! From that moment on every lady learned to quilt whether they liked it or not.
Our family life and household revolved around church and quilting. There was quilting and craft stuff everywhere. In her late 40s, Laurene and her good friend, Janet, started The Quilted Apple. Throughout the next 25 years she built The Quilted Apple into one of the most renown quilt stores in the U.S. - and around the world. People came from everywhere to shop at her store. She traveled all over the nation teaching, lecturing and promoting quilting and appliqué. Our family life and household then revolved around The Quilted Apple. 
We had four talented daughters but none ever gained any great interest in quilting or the operation of the store.  One granddaughter sat her Grandma's side and became an expert and prolific quilter. With unbelievable determination and courage, Laurene rose from poverty to become a successful wife, mother, grandmother, civic and church leader and business woman. Every single person Laurene came in contact with became an instant friend. She loved and respected all and in return was beloved by all.
Gerry Sinema
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