Quilters and personal historian collaborate

(WBIR-Morristown) A chance meeting between quilters and an author led to a collaboration to preserve family history.

Fay Andrews with the Rose Center Quilt Guild said, "We contribute quilts to a number of local organizations."

That's because the members of the Rose Center Quilt Guild make so many beautiful quilts, they don't have room to keep them all.

"I quilt because I have a need to be creative and to work with color and it's just a wonderful way for me to fill my time," she said.

Fay Andrews says they spend time together making quilts and at a meeting once a month. One recent day a visitor from Nashville came to share her story about a chance encounter in Morristown last year.

While at a quilt show she asked about using some of the guild's quilt designs in her book, "Time to Tell Your Personal and Family History."

"What really struck me when I was here was what beautiful quilts and how they worked with the theme of what I do which is to save family history," Deborah Wilbrink told the group.

She is a personal historian who helps folks collect, write, and publish their memoirs.

"Everyone's life story is worth saving and so that's the message of 'Time to Tell,'" she said of her book.

She's almost finished with the book about saving your family history, complete with illustrations of quilts and a c-d featuring her original music.

Fay Andrews explained, "After the meeting we'll show off what we've done and that's always the most fun of all because you get inspired by what other people have done."

Deborah Wilbrink said, "They come to learn, they come to share, and they come to exhibit this beautiful needlework that they're preserving. It's their heritage. It's what they are passing on, this talent."

A woman focused on sharing old stories with classic quilt images has embraced a modern method of funding her c-d production and book publication.

"If you go to kickstarter.com and look up Time to Tell by Deborah Wilbrink you can see a video that will tell you more about it and I hope you'll want an advance copy," she said.

The colorful quilts can keep people warm and warm the heart of an author, showing ways to preserve family history.


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