Subversive Stitchers

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In Answer To Prayer by Maria Elkins
In Answer To Prayer
Today Dawn Goldsmith of Subversive Stitchers:Women Armed with Needles discussed traditional and modern sampler quilts, and she featured my quilt, “In Answer to Prayer.” This quilt was my very first original quilt, and also my first quilt featuring a person.

I first realized that quilts could include people after seeing the work of Charlotte Warr Andersen. Drawing people and portraits have always been my favorite subject matter, so it was exciting to be able to put my two interests together. Seeing Charlotte’s quilts prompted me to want to experiment. “In Answer to Prayer” was the result. This was also the first quilt I ever entered into a national show. In 1998 I entered it into the National Quilting Association show, which was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana that year, and it received an honorable mention! I had the priviledge of seeing the show in person, and I confess I repeatedly walked down the aisle where my quilt was displayed. Each time it was a new thrill to see the ribbon hanging on my quilt! That’s when I decided I wanted to make more quilts for shows.