Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Charlie Pirtle Memorial Scholarship Quilt

This is part of the quilt that I made to be raffled in memory of our friend, Charlie Pirtle, who passed away in August 2008.  Charlie was a real gentleman who loved the outdoors.   He loved sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with others.  He taught at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman in New Mexico workshop for many years.  His students loved him and fellow instructors loved to be around him because we could still learn so much from him. 

Photo courtesy of Dan'o Miller at Semper Fi International

This is the third quilt that I've made in Charlie's honor to be raffled off at BOW-NM.  A woman from the Albuquerque area won the quilt this year.  She and I both had tears in our eyes.  She never met Charlie, but I'm sure she felt the love and friendship that I tried to sew into this quilt. 

The pattern is called Sweet Sixteen Patches designed by Kaffe Fassett and published in Quilt Magazine.

Here are the two other quilts that I made for the Charlie Pirtle Memorial Scholarship raffle.

This was for the 2009 BOW
For the 2010 BOW

I'm honored to be making these quilts in Charlie's memory, but I'd rather not be making them.  I think of him (and Sara) all the time I'm working on these quilts.  I think of them often even when I'm not working on the quilt.

My husband, who loved Charlie, too, already helped form the idea and the plan for the next quilt.  It will be an old fashioned pattern.  Made in an old fashioned way.  I think Charlie would smile and nod about that with his grin and that twinkle in his eye.

And Charlie--I'd take pocket change from you for that T-Bolt.  


  1. My name is Dyana Pirtle-Nawman. I am Charlie Pirtle's grand daughter. I think your quilt's are beautiful and a great tribute to my grandfather who is truly a man that is missed by anyone who was honored to have known him! I would be very grateful if you could let me know when the next time you will be auctioning one of these off and if there is a way I could take part. My e-mail address

  2. Love the sweet sixteen quilt.Made one for my Grandaughter for her 16th birthday.It is really pretty done in summer flowers and Polka dots.


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