Featured Quilter-Elfrieda Harris

Elfrieda Harris

Featured Quilter

Elfrieda fell in love with sewing when she took her first Home Economics class in Junior High. She was fascinated with the idea that you could turn a big rectangle of fabric into a circle skirt that would accommodate many crinolines! Her mother bought her a Kenmore sewing machine and she started making many of her own clothes through High School.

There were no sewers or quilters in her family. Her grandmother did have a treadle sewing machine that she used to make Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls that she sold and a few window curtains, but never any clothing.

After High School, life took over and sewing was put on hold. Elfrieda didn’t sew clothing again until she had children and was at home with them. At that time it was cheaper to make clothing than to buy it. She sewed for her son and daughter through their toddler years. When they went to school, she went back to work and switched from machine sewing to the crafts that were popular – macramé, counted cross stitch and crewel work.

Elfrieda was introduced to quilting by a co-worker about 30 years ago. At the time, Elfrieda’s daughter was a freshman in college and Elfrieda thought that it would be a great idea to make a Christmas bed quilt for her to decorate her dorm room. A friend gave her some basic instructions about folding and cutting fabric and she jumped right in. She didn’t realize you were supposed to actually match seams. Fortunately her cutting and sewing were pretty accurate and the quilt looked good. She didn’t know how to quilt or apply binding, so she just backed it pillow case style and hand tied it. Her daughter who now has teenagers of her own still uses this quilt at Christmas.

Elfrieda has been a member of Southern Comforters for over 10 years. She has made many quilts for Quilt Bingo, Community Quilts and items for Silent Auction. She has been the Quilt Show Chair, Quilt Show Demonstrations Chair, served as Vice President, and led several Guild projects and exchanges. Christmas quilts are still Elfrieda’s favorite quilt to make.