Lifelong Educator Finds Quilting Hobby in Retirement [PHOTO]

| April 24, 2012

Amy Friesen pictured with her original design "Grapes 'n Common" quilt which will be on display for the Q125 Quilt Show this weekend at Henderson's Mennonite Heritage Park.

A life-long educator, Amy Friesen retired in 1986 and that is when her hobby of piecing quilts began.

She taught country school for four years and spent 24 years teaching in the Henderson Community School system.

She has made quilts for each of her three children as well as one for each of her seven grandchildren as college graduation gifts.

Two of her original design “Grapes ‘n Common” quilts were sold at the Nebraska Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale.

All totaled, she has pieced 17 queen sized quilts between 1986 and 2011!

Amy’s work, along with eight other Henderson area quilters ranging in age from their teens to their eighties, will be on display at the Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park (1.5 miles south of the I-80exit) this weekend. The quilts will be displayed in various buildings including the farm house, the wash house, the immigrant house, the barn and the one-room school building.

The show will run from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

The entry fee will benefit the Mennonite Heritage Park as well as Henderson’s Q125 celebration that features a variety of special events scheduled throughout 2012.

Kathryn Goertzen

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