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I am Verle LaFarra from McGehee, Arkansas. I am a retired registered nurse and probably an octogenarian, whatever that means. My second calling is a quilter.

I first learned to quilt at my Mother's knees. She Made me learn. I rebelled and hated it. While watching the ladies who lived in the nursing home hand quilting, I thought, 'You ought to help them. Their hands aren't working too good any more."

I tried it. Much to my surprise, the stress just melted away. I thought, "This is wonderful! I can do this." Geneva Gates Quilt is named for one of those ladies who lived in that nursing home.
I found quilting with a hoop much easier than the traditional frame. You only have to quilt in one direction. I prefer doing patchwork quilting like my Mother did; using old fashioned patterns in brighter colored combinations. You never know how a quilt will turn out. It just takes on a life of its own as you add, subtract and combine the fabrics. You don't want to stop to cook and eat and never mind the threads and scraps on the floor. All that can wait.

For more information on Verle's work, e-mail: bnadvgen@att.net.