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Ruth L Swinerton's Bio

quilter since 1967--when my grandmother came to live with me--she was a totally hand quilter for a good number of years--she was 86 when she moved in. and taught me to quilt.I did everything by hand at first but then started to sell and went to using the machine to piece and mostly tied them. I have hand quilted several most of which I gave as presents to family for wedding and baby gifts.I have designed some of my own to accommodate different subjects or needs.I just recently did one for a readers theater production-"The Patchwork Quilt " by Rachel Field where I had to put The deed to the property in the quilt in the piece of her wedding dress that was incorporated in the quilt that was made of specific pieces from the elderly ladies  childhood . I am retired now and just do orders--many of which are made from the customers family old clothes and fabric pieces. I have taught my 3 grand  daughters to quilt. The first one when she was only 7. Then the second one when she was 13 as she lived out of the country and I didn't see her that often. This past year I taught my last grand  daughter in Jan when she was here from Australia where she lives. We made a small quilt to give to her sisters baby--my great grandson-- which she took back to Au as he lives there also. I have  taught some classes before I retired. I used to sell my quilts at craft stores in Tourist areas of NH and in Keepsake Quilt Shop,Center Harbor,NH before I moved to Va

My grand mother was 92 when she made her last quilt --I plan to keep quilting as long as I can--she lived  to be 97

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