Mary Daily started quilting two decades ago and soon discovered she really enjoyed it.
“I always loved to do crafts. I did crocheting, knitting, embroidery .... I always liked to try different things, and then I’d go on to something else,” the Batesville resident reports.
“I took a class with a friend of mine at a small craft shop in Batesville. The owner had someone come in and give some quilting lessons. I just started out by making small things.”
Ten years ago “when I retired, I started quilting with a group of women over in Logan. I was scared to death to quilt on a quilt frame,” but she soon learned to do that. “The group meets once a week from September through May.
“People give us their pieced quilt tops, and we do the finished quilting. Everything is done by hand. We don’t think machine quilting is quilting …. The money they give us for completing the work is given to the Miller Township Volunteer Fire Department,” the Holy Family Catholic Church member reveals.
By being involved with the club, “I learned how to make a big quilt. It’s a lot of fun to get together with them. It’s social as much as anything else.”
Daily explains the process for creating the handmade treasures: “First you get your pattern and cut out all the pieces. Then you piece them together and you have to mark the quilting lines and cut all the strings off …. You put the backing, batting and quilt top on the frame and then do the actual top quilting.”
The grandmother of 10 announces, “I’ve just finished my sixth one. I made one for each of my kids” – Mary Beth Bruns and Maura Daily, Cincinnati; Catherine Dalton, Batesville; Frank Daily, North Carolina; Maria Dickman, Loveland, Ohio; and Tom Daily, Sarasota, Fla. “They’ve all seen them already, but this Christmas, they all get a quilt.” Each one took about a year to two years to complete.
The former Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative school psychologist, who is married to Bill Daily, says she picked the designs. Two daughters will receive block-of-the-month quilts in various colors. One son will get a blue and white puzzle pattern because he went to Xavier University. There are blue and gold anchors with red, white and blue designs for the son who was in the Navy. One daughter gets an Ohio star with traditional colors and another has a sunflower design.
The most rewarding part of her hobby is “seeing the finished product, and I just love to quilt.”
However she doesn’t think her skills will be passed down to future generations. “They’re not interested in it and don’t have the patience or time for it.”