Turkey Tracks: August 27, 2013
For an Air Force Brat whose family moved around a lot, old friendships go back to either my mother’s home town, Reynolds, Georgia, or to high school.
I went to about 14 different schools over the course of my education. So I can’t remember who my teachers were or, in a lot of cases, who my friends were. Something about that kind of transient life just whisked away memories other people hold very dear.
The closest I can come to these old memories is high school. We were stationed in Omaha, Nebraska, home of Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters. I think this posting was the longest we ever had–and I still went to three different schools. I arrived at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Nebraska, which was adjacent to Offutt Air Force Base, in my sophomore year. (I went to Central HIgh School in Omaha my freshman year, and made a long bus ride to get there. I didn’t know a single soul and could not break into cliques of students who had known each other from pre-school.
But a lot of Air Force Brats attended Bellevue High School–and I knew Becky Reavis (now Meyer) from Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. After Barksdale, we went to Tampa, Florida. I don’t know where Becky went, if anywhere, before Bellevue. But she was there, and she took me under her wing immediately. She is a year older, class of 1962.
I had many friends in the class of 1962. Among them is Carroll Risk Rhodes, who called me out of the blue the other day. And guess what? She’s a passionate quilter too and still makes a lot of her clothes.
Here are some pictures of her beautiful quilts:
Like me, she loves using squares. This one is all batiks. Isn’t it lovely? It reminds me a bit of the “La La Log Cabin” quilt that Rhea from Alewives Quilting here in Damariscotta Mills taught local quilters to do. There’s one of mine on this blog elsewhere called “Sun, Sea, Sand.”
Here’s a stunning, contemporary “rail fence” idea. I love Carroll’s use of color here. Isn’t the border fabric wonderful? I wonder if she chose the block colors using the border fabric or chose the border using the block fabrics? This idea would be a fun way to use stash fabrics, too.
Here’s another contemporary quilt, and again, I love the way Carroll uses color. This one hangs in her sewing room.
And, finally, how fun is this quilt which Carroll has back of a grey couch. Love the contemporary way she has used the bar form, and the piano key border with random widths is terrific.
I’m trying to talk Carroll into coming to Maine to visit and quilt with me. But she lives in Florida with a water view, so I know it’s going to be tough!
It would be so fun for our Coastal Quilters group to meet her and see her quilts.
Thanks for calling me, Carroll!
And, my own 1963 Bellevue High School class is having its 50th reunion this September in Omaha. I have reconnected with so many of my classmates recently, and that has been wonderful, too.