We were very pleased recently to receive a special quilt, made by Becky in honor of Jean Spero, a 100-year-old quilter and former Chair of Otterbein University’s Department of Human Ecology. Becky made the quilt with cotton fabric from Jean’s supply.
Read the story in Becky's words below.
Thank you for your reception of the blanket I made in honor of the 100 year old, Jean Spero. She retired from Otterbein in 1991 after serving 13 years as an Assistant Professor of Home Economics and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology. One of her lasting contributions is the Otterbein Historic Costume Collection that she founded in 1985, the first pieces of the collection belonging to her own grandmother dating back to the first years of the 20th century. Jean sews every day and makes jackets. She has made many appliquéd bed quilts.
I've attached a picture of Jean in her sewing room. She has allowed me to come in and get whatever fabric I want (notice I didn't say need!). The blanket I made in her honor was from cotton fabric from her supply. I hope to continue to make more. I also attached a picture of Jean when I showed her the 'very own blanket' and how I was honoring her 100th birthday.
She's pretty incredible to me. She lives in her home alone, doesn't need a walker, reads, buys all fabric online, plants geraniums from seed each year.
Thank you for your encouragement and welcoming me on Friday. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Thanks for what you do through your dedicating and comfort to the children.
With regards, Becky
Jean Spero in her home sewing room.
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