Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Seeking News of Anna Williams
I am inspired by the quilts of Anna Williams. I mentioned an Anna Williams style block I was making a while back and another Anna admirer contacted me. She met Anna two years ago at a quilt show in the Baton Rouge area and liked her very much.
Anna had been making quilts in her own unique style when her craft was discovered by her friend/employer, Katherine Watts, also a quilter, also an LSU clothing and textiles professor. Katherine brought Anna's work to the attention of Nancy Crow, something many quilters are aware of. Anna's work was exhibited at The American Quilter's Society in 1995 and a catalog of the exhibit was published at that time. (Anna Williams: Her Quilts and their Influences by Katherine Watts with Elizabeth Walker.) Anna was born in 1927 near Baton Rouge and when the catalog was published, she was still working and making quilts.
My question is: how is Anna today? Is she still making quilts? I've written to several quilters I know in the South but am still seeking the answer.....
The block in the photo is inspired by Anna. I just finished a big project using wovens so I'm playing with the scraps.