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Green Country woman completes large quilt project despite pandemic

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 11:40:50-05

TULSA, Okla. — "I started this as an eye catching prop to have outside the show so everybody would go, 'Oh, there must be a quilt show there!'" You could say Jan Kendall's latest creation is stopping traffic.

It's a car quilt that was supposed to be used for the Quilt Tulsa 2020 show. But the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on the show and the quilt.

PHOTO GALLERY: Green Country woman completes quilt project despite pandemic

"I decided no, I'm going to finish it," said Jan Kendall with the Green Country Quilters Guild. "I don't know where it's going or what I'm going to do with it, but I'm going to finish it."

The massive project is made of leftover blocks from other quilts, class samples from the Quilters Guild, and rejects. In true quilting fashion, every block includes a memory or has a special meaning.

"It's like a scrapbook of my quilting history," Kendall said.

The only new blocks are for her children and grandchildren, and illustrate their interests. There's also a block with an anvil for her husband. Even the wheels have a special meaning.

"That one has Quilt Tulsa 2020, Wahoo!" Kendall said. "But it never happened."

The quilt will still be used to create interest and help with fund-raising. A special place over the gas tank gives Kendall a place to provide brochures about the quilting guild and a booklet for comments. "So that's my little pocket for my guests," she said.

On the back of the quilt is a license plate with "Quilter 42." The 42 represents her family code of never giving up.

"Other people are saying go team! And we're saying 42! 42!"

Kendall said although it's a major project, she's ready to help other quilters if they decide to start stitching.

"I am never afraid of a big project or a hard project," she said while pointing to the car quilt.

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