Quiltmaker Spotlight: Linda Tuttle Hensley

This Quiltmaker Spotlight is the first in a series highlighting the quiltmakers in our community and featuring the blocks they’ve contributed to the Parkway Playhouse Patchwork Quilt.  For more information about contributing a block, click here.

This red, black and white quilt square is done in Churn Dash pattern.  My grandmother, Eva Morgan Tuttle, often used this pattern to make many warm quilts for our family.  I spent my summers and snow days with her during my childhood watching her piece piles of squares using her treadle sewing machine.  Then she would take them to the kitchen and using a flat iron heated on a wood stove she would carefully press them.  Mamaw always included her favorite color red in her quilts.  She stretched and basted the quilts on a frame in the attic, then marked them with chalk in Baptist Fan pattern and hand quilted them. qm linda

This square made by Linda Tuttle Hensley is in her honor and today Linda thinks of her often as she is enjoying quilting during her retirement.

Thank you, Linda! We’re so glad to add your square and your stories to our quilt.


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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