|Virginia Avery in her home in Port Chester, New York, |
showing one of her quilted wearables.
Virginia Avery, a pioneer in the American Quilt Revival period beginning in the 1970's, passed away yesterday, September 6, just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday. "Jinny" was internationally known for her quilts and wearable art, and was also an accomplished jazz pianist--her band played on the Today Show and for UN delegates. Explore Jinny's Quilt Treasures web portrait to watch her video interviews and mini-documentary, and see photos of her quilts. The documentation of this incredible life is what the Quilt Alliance is all about.
We thank all of our supporters who allow us to save quilt history for future generations. Funding for Jinny's quilt story was generously provided by Jinny Beyer, Lake Mills Studios, RJR Fashion Fabrics, Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes. In-kind support came from Michigan State University Museum and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at MSU. Thank you for investing in this project to document the life of this great artist.
Here is a short excerpt from Jinny's Quilt Treasures web portrait-- a testimonial from Jinny's longtime friend (and fellow Quilt Treasure) Bets Ramsey recounting a special visit to Jinny's studio in Port Chester, New York:
The studio was stacked high with all the necessities for a fabric artist. Orderly chaos. Jinny was working on a vest for her granddaughter's present and other projects were in sight. Jinny has a love of bold, bright colors and uses them to great success in her work. With years of experience she is sure and quick in planning and executing a design and the results is always smashing. I am sure her enthusiasm guarantees success in her classes.
|"Of Thee I Sing Baby." Circular cape made as an invitational piece for the birthday of the Statue of Liberty, sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, 1986 - from March 1998 issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine.|
We also recommend:
A tribute to Virginia Avery by Karen Alexander on the Quilters Hall of Fame Blog
The Quilt Show: Alex and Ricky visit Virginia at her home in 2007