Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Goodbye to a special friend…..

Today I attended the funeral for a wonderful quilting friend, Nancy Bruce.  

I don’t remember exactly when I met her, but I got to know her best during our time together working with the Charity Bee of our local guild.   This group makes quilts that are given to organizations for either their use or for fundraising efforts.

Nancy was a key member of this group, always coming up with ideas for new projects or heading up special quilts that were being made.  One of the last times that I saw her, she was picking up the guild Raffle quilt to sew down the binding…..a job that SO many of us hate to do but one that she was willing to do, even in her cancer weakened state.

She LOVED to paper piece and often laughed at my dislike of the technique and inability to do it efficiently. 

She has a quilt entered in our upcoming show and, fittingly, it is a paper pieced neighborhood of houses…..


To give you some perspective, the ENTIRE piece is only 12 inches!!!   Those trees in the corners are TINY!!


She was always making quilts for other people and I loved this jungle quilt, and yes, that is Nancy happily telling about the quilt and about the person it was made for…..


And here is another photo of her happily showing a quilt made from a new technique that she had just learned……DSC01326

She loved giving gifts to her friends, especially to celebrate Christmas and I will always cherish my favorite pin cushion with it’s spunky button on top…..DSC04142

One year she gave us Angel ornaments but mine never made it to my Christmas tree.  Instead it was  hung on my design wall and became my quilting angel. 


Well, it is still my quilting angel, but now it has a name…..Nancy.

I will miss you!!

3 thoughts on “Goodbye to a special friend…..

  1. What a sweet post, and a fitting tribute to wonderful Nancy. I enjoyed her company in Charity Bee and am lucky enough to have a quilted star ornament she made for friends last Christmas. Such a loss.

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