I met Jean Antholzner when we worked together for Hutto ISD. This multi-talented woman has been craft-sewing since 1982 when she made a sneaker bag for her daughter, and her 42-year-old daughter still has it today! Jean also began embroidering around that time, especially on baby quilts.
The center of her first king-sized quilt (1st three photos in the gallery) she designed herself and made it personal. Her youngest child would regularly climb on their waterbed to look at herself and her siblings embroidered in the window. Jean said her daughter was on the quilt talking to the embroidered figures so much that she wore out the quilt edges. The center is all that remains of the quilt.
All of Jean's pieced work is done on antique sewing machines, and she has a large collection of them. The oldest ones are dated 1865 and 1893. She has the original receipt from 1893 one showing the machine cost $27.00, which was a lot of money back then. Jean's newer machine stays covered up and is only used when a project needs zig zag or button holes. The older machines with metal gears sew more even stitches and look prettier.
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Sewing Cabin Envy
Jean said her husband was kind enough to buy her a building for her sewing and other crafts "to keep her messes out there." That's a good enough reason for any crafter to want a sewing sewing space, so major kudos to Marty Antholzner. My quilt frame takes up half of our living room when it's set up, so an air conditioned building would be a dream for most any quilter and crafter.
This second photo gallery shows bringing the cute cabin in and how Jean fixed it up and organized it to be as functional as possible. Jean said she's bought lots of fabric over the years, so during the pandemic, she "shops" for fabricat her own quilt cabin.
I told Jean about one of my quilts that my great grandmother pieced, and my grandmother, mother, and I quilted it (my part was only a corner). Some of the fabric has disintegrated, though. She said the life of quilts can be extended by avoiding direct sunlight and storing them properly.
When Marty works outside, he likes to go over to the cabin to cool off and visit with Jean. I couldn't resist including photos of Mr. Peabody, who shadows Marty around their place.
Jean also paints, draws and sculpts, so quilting is just one of her many talents and skills. Thank you for sharing them with us, Jean!
Donna Van Cleve & Jean Antholzner
Photos by Jean & Marty Antholzner