Betty Robinson, “Quilter Extraordinaire”
2015 Exemplary Service Award Winner!
Betty has been on the Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival board for ten years, and has even recruited her husband, Russ, to help out by hanging quilts for the displays. She looks forward to the festival every year & seeing the results of the hard work of other quilters in the area.
Betty Chairs receiving, judging and hanging of all the quilts in competition each year at the Festival. She recruits volunteers to assist and her husband Russ even made many of the stands that are used for hanging the quilts for the show.
“I started embroidery back when I was 8 or 10 years old. I’d pick up my mother’s stuff when she’d have to go to the kitchen to cook and she couldn’t see what I was doing in the living room, so I would put some stitches in. She may have taken them out, I don’t know,”she chuckled.
From that early start, she kept learning as she grew, and when she married, she used her talents to make clothes for her daughter. Once her daughter outgrew the desire for homemade clothes, Robinson joined a quilt guild and continued learning. Then, in 1994, she and her family moved to Tennessee, and she immediately joined the Cookeville Crazy Quilters.
“You just learn so much in a guild,” she said. “We had classes, we had teachers from out of town, and anybody who knew how to do anything would teach everybody else.”
These days, she keeps busy with the Golden Needles quilting guild in Gainesboro, working on pieces for family and friends, and working on prayer quilts for her church, Washington Avenue Baptist, to give to those in need of comfort.
“I think people are surprised that people still quilt. People tell me it’s a dying art. "It’s not a dying art. Now, a lot of us don’t do the artsy quilts, we still do the old patterns, but we’re still quilting up a storm.”
Megan Trotter, Herald Citizen