Saturday, July 2, 2011
Sally Palmer Field of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has died. she was a renown quilter here in New England. when i first got into quilting in the 1970s, i heard about a new england guild that was having a meeting in a nearby town. i decided to go and see what it was about. when i got there, i realized that one had to pre-register to attend the meeting and so i went about getting information to register for the next meeting, held biannually. little did i know i was on the cusp of a huge groundswell in quilting. the guild grew so large in a 10-year span that it was a logistical nightmare to arrange meetings. smaller guilds and groups sprung up all over new england as a result. a museum was planned and became an eventual reality (much to my surprise). the guild was finally disbanded after its original goal, and many more, had been attained. Sally was at the forefront of the guild's formation as well as being a teacher, artist and promoter. she was one of those people who was almost bigger than life. when she came into a room, she brought vitality, inspiration and ideas. she could have been a reader's digest "most unforgettable character" to most anyone. i can't imagine anyone who was quilting in the 1970s or 1980s won't be saddened by this news.