Member Spotlight

Presenting Tara Wilson Evans

Name- Tara Wilson Evans
Born Where ~Jackson, Mississippi
Live Where ~ Bellevue, Nebraska
Tell us something about you!

I am a member of the Friends Board at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. I am honored to serve on this prestigious board. I simply love quiltmaking and I desire to leave a legacy of quiltmaking in my family and community. I am the Executive Director of my nonprofit organization, Community Quilting Center, Inc. I love teaching about my cultural history of quiltmaking. I also love writing children’s books. So far, I’ve written eight books and published three. I am currently working on my fourth children’s book.

When did you become a quilter? I’ve been sewing since I was a preteen. But didn’t actually begin quilting until around 2001.

Why do you quilt?
I quilt because it soothes my soul and spirit. I love, love, love to make quilts-all kinds. When I am stressed, I quilt. When I am low in spirit, I quilt. When I am happy, I quilt. So, I quilt just about ALL the time.

What is your favorite part of quilting?
My favorite part is finishing the quilting on the longarm quilting machine. When I finish a king size quilt usually, and see it roll off the machine….OOOOooooweee! It makes my heart sing!! I free-motion quilt. When I see the completed results, it is absolutely beautiful to me.

What is the part of quilting you don’t like?
I love all of it, however, before I had a longarm machine to work on, I had to spread out and pin the quilts on the floor. Boy! That did a job on my elbows and knees.Thankfully, I don’t have to do that anymore.

Where do you find inspiration?
I am inspired to make various quilts from older traditional patterns. I fit the colors and the pattern style to the personality of whom I am making the quilt for. Quilts are sooo special. Each and every one of them. They all have a story to tell.

What do you do when you are not quilting?
I am either writing books or spending time with my family

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