1876 Centennial Quilt Project Exhibit,
Barbara was a woman of boundless energy and determination. Though she had battled pulmonary fibrosis for these last many years, I strongly suspect her passion for quilt-making kept her alive several extra years, especially once she had the 1876 project dangling in front of her like a carrot to lure her on. (She made four of these magnificent quilts in three years! Click here to read the local paper's 2017 story about the project.)
Click here to read Barb's obituary in our local paper. You can see some of her quilts in this video, as well, as seen hanging in Houston in November 2018.
service by her quilt friends on Lopez Island.
Thank you, Jerry, for caring for her so.
The easy laugh, her serious gaze,
Love of beautiful orchids in greenhouses
(L-R) Ann Nash, Heather Arps, Sheila Bishop, Karen Alexander
(L-R) Heather Arps, Anne Dawson, Sheila Bishop, Karen Alexander
Barbara Menasian (left below), owner of the original antique 1876 Centennial quilt, visits with Barbara Gonce on Lopez Island in May 2016. Barbara M. had flown out from Connecticut ....hand-carrying the original..... to attend our first 1876 Centennial Quilt Project Retreat on Lopez Island. Here they are in BG's studio with Anne Dawson in door way with Avonelle Hamilton behind her.