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10/17/2012 10:13:00 AM
She creates beauty and warmth

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

The quilt, when brought to this country by early Dutch and English settlers, took on a whole new life in America and flourished. Quilting wasn't always done out of necessity, but as a way for pioneer women to express themselves artistically, like many quilters today.

Eighty-two-year-old Darlene Miller of Chino Valley has created some beautiful and distinctive quilts over the years.

" I've always worked with my hands because when I was six years old I got polio, so I couldn't run and play with the other kids," Darlene said.

"In 1992 my daughter and I took a quilting class at the college and that did it for me, I've been making them ever since," she smiled.

Darlene shared that she makes all sizes of quilts, from lap throws to king size.

"Each quilt I make, I made for a reason. My grandson has entered the Marines, so I made him a special Marine quilt for his 18th birthday," said Darlene.

Darlene has been married to her husband Jerry for 62 years, they have a son Marc and a daughter Vicki, four grandchildren and five great-grand-children.

She just finished a quilt for Jerry made of T-shirts he collected while working at wild fire camps over the years.

"I'm so very proud of it, she did a fantastic job. It is a show piece, and I don't know if I'll ever put it on a bed," Jerry said.

Another type of quilt Darlene started making for her grandchildren were "Happy Dream Quilts."

"These little quilts were for the kids when they got scared from a bad dream. With these quilts on their beds they would have good dreams," Darlene explained.

Darlene enjoys creating her quilts but says that she never sells them.

"I don't sell my quilts, I just make them for my family and friends because I get so much pleasure making them," she said.

"Making these quilts keeps me busy, and gives me joy, because I know it will make the person happy that I'm giving it to."

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