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Quilter Judy Jordan to discuss work at museum

By Shari Pierce
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Shari Pierce Friends For Life. It is the reverse side of the quilt “Friends for Life,” by Pagosa quilter Judy Jordan and it shows the special work she puts into signing the reverse of her quilts so that future generations will know the history of the work. Jordan will be at the San Juan Historical Museum 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday to discuss quilting, and her quilts, with visitors.

Photo courtesy Shari Pierce
Friends For Life. It is the reverse side of the quilt “Friends for Life,” by Pagosa quilter Judy Jordan and it shows the special work she puts into signing the reverse of her quilts so that future generations will know the history of the work. Jordan will be at the San Juan Historical Museum 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday to discuss quilting, and her quilts, with visitors.

You won’t want to miss Judy Jordan talking about quilts.

Judy, a Pagosa Springs’ quilter, generously loaned several of her creations to the historical society museum for a display this summer season as part of the 2013 Stitches in Time display.

Judy began quilting in 1994 and has made approximately 35 quilts. They range from traditional to contemporary and fun patterns. She has finished vintage blocks into quilts and even created a quilt to celebrate her cats. One of the quilts on display uses fabric from a line designed by former Pagosa Springs artist Claire Goldrick.

Early in Judy’s quilting life she saw an article in a quilting magazine, which posed the question, “What was happening in your life when this quilt was made?” Judy took this question to heart and the reverse sides of her quilts are embellished with various types of information from the date the quilt was made to family genealogy to what was going on in the world when she was working on the quilt.

On her last two quilts, Judy has documented the inauguration of Pope Francis and the birth of Prince George.

Historians will certainly celebrate Judy’s attention to documentation in the future. Many quilts have left them making “best estimates” as to when quilts were created and who crafted them. All quilters should take note of Judy’s efforts.

Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon Judy will be at the museum to visit with guests about her quilts. This will be very informal and an opportunity to ask her questions and hear delightful stories about her quilts and the inspiration for making them. Don’t miss this unique treat.

Gift shop

After you’ve toured the museum, be sure to spend some time browsing the gift shop. New merchandise, including flour sack towels, embroidery patterns and aprons, has arrived in the past two weeks. This supplements the regional history books, locally handcrafted items and the museum’s souvenir playing cards giving an excellent selection of merchandise for yourself or gifts.

Souvenir playing cards were created by the society as a fund-raiser for the museum. The deck is a regular playing deck with photos of early Pagosa Springs that were sponsored by local individuals and businesses. The decks are available for $10 each.

Free admission

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and Pagosa Street on the eastern end of town. Admission is free although donations are greatly appreciated and are used to offset the operating expenses of the museum.

The museum is scheduled to close for the 2013 season on Sept. 21. You are invited to stop in to the museum and enjoy getting to know more about our community’s history.

This story was posted on September 5, 2013.