Scrap Quilt Top # 35 – A Tribrute to Sarah Zigenbein

Our dear, Sarah Brown Ziegenbein, of North Little Rock, Ark., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.  Her funeral services were  held  at Park Hill Presbyterian Church. in North Little Rock, Ark. She was born Jan. 9, 1949, in Savannah and spent her childhood in Tifton, where she graduated from Tift County High School in 1967. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton and Georgia College in Milledgeville where she received a master’s degree in library science. She recently retired from the Central Arkansas Library System where she worked for over 30 years in reference and government documents. She was a member of Park Hill Presbyterian’s Bell Choir for years. She also was an avid quilter and member of the Arkansas Quilters Guild, where she served as secretary and was president of that organization in the past. She was also a member of the Arkansas Library Association.

Sarah Zigenbein

I guess Sarah was in the guild before I joined. I don’t remember her not being there. I do remember how wonderful her smile was and how I was envious of her beautiful hair. She was only 2 years older than I, and I always loved to talk to her. She had a great sense of color and proportion when it came to her quilts. When she passsed, her husband, Ken, gave her quilting stuff and stash to some of the members to sell and he donated the money to the guild. One month after the girls had part of the sell at the guild meeting, Eddie Landredth brought me a zip-loc bag on it it said $5.00. He told me that it was blocks from Sarah’s Sale and he wanted me to have them. When I got home I laid them out on the table and was amazed. The colors were so bright with the shades of blue and yellow. And they were some type of computer star block exchange. A lot of the blocks had names on them: Beth Harrison, Athens, AL; Evelyn Plamondon, Vancouver, Washington, JoAn Haverstock, Pattie Adame, Houston, TX; Eula, Long, Wellsville, KS; Krystina Wade, Croydon Park, Australia; Kim Shillington, Horsham Victoria, Austrailia; Sue Robinson, Clinton, CT, Nancy Elsinger: Kolleen Carrel, LaGrande, OR; and Sandra, Peregoy, Freeland, MI. Some of the blocks didn’t have names, some didn’t have addresses, just emails.

When I was at a quilt retreat last week I finished the top. I first had to figure out how the 2 sizes of star blocks could be put together. After turning and playing with the I came to the conclusion that the smaller ones were a 1/4 the size of the big blocks so I sewed 4 together and layed them all out  I think Sarah would be pleased. Sarah loved color. I think of her smiling and looking down from a bright blue and yellow starry heaven.

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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5 Responses to Scrap Quilt Top # 35 – A Tribrute to Sarah Zigenbein

  1. Eddie says:

    Excellent, Jim! I just knew you would be able to pull that one all together!

  2. Margaret Miller says:

    I really like the quilt, Jim. What a lovely tribute.

  3. Dana Stieferman says:

    Beautiful, Jim (the quilt and your remembrances of Sarah)! Dana

  4. Cynthia Lyons says:

    She was from my part of Georgia. Tifton is only about 45 miles from where I grew up. The quilt is beautiful. I continue to be envious of your talent.

  5. Brenda Horton says:

    Well done.

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