JEAN RAY LAURY
We lost several valuable and very talented quilt artists during 2012.
Jean Ray Laury was talented in so many artistic areas. She was a master designer and teacher, poet, illustrator, and quilt maker.
The first time I noticed her work was in an early magazine... Family Circle of Woman's Day -- I don't remember which. It was a quilt named "Tom's Quilt". A wonderful, "modern" appliqué quilt for her son. For the first time, after seeing this quilt, I thought of "appliqué" as being something other than butterflies and flowers.
Then -- as I was trying to find my way in creative fields I discovered her book "The Creative Woman's Getting-It-All-Together Handbook". Exactly what I needed!
Eventually I met Jean -- took a 'creative' class or two from her -- and later taught along side her at several events and judged the AQS quilt festival with her in Kentucky in the mid 1990s.
She gave me one of her books at that time. "14,287 Pieces of Fabric". It has become one of my favorite books of poetry -- I love to share her wit, wisdom and wonderful illustrations with my classes. Try to find a copy of this wonderful book, copyright 1994. It will not disappoint you.