The November program meeting for the Scioto Valley Section focused on the unusual topic of quality in quilting. Ms. Rita Fishel, a native of northeastern Ohio, delivered one of her most requested lectures based on Signal Quilts of the Underground Railroad. Rita spoke about the folklore/story as told in the book Hidden In Plain View, by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D. and uses the visual aid of a 20-block quilt pieced with blocks inspired by the book. Ms. Fishel has a BA in Clothing & Textiles/Business from the University of Akron, and certification in Machine Art through Sew Art International. In 1992 after relocating from Phoenix, AZ, she started Creations SewClever, a full-line quilt shop now housed in an old 1863 Georgian-style funeral home in Chillicothe, OH. Rita vends, teaches and demos at all the national as well as many regional shows and lots of guild shows. She has published 2 books with AQS (Mystery Quilts and Everyday Quilts) and is currently working on her 3rd. She also writes for several quilt publications. Rita teaches on national and international Quilt Cruises and is a designer/consultant and National Demo Goddess for Creative Grids USA rulers. The meeting was attended by 21 members and guests. Thank you Rita for great presentation!
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