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Jeanette Frantz

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These announcements do not get any easier to make.  This morning, while I was at the radiologist's office, my 92 year old aunt passed away.  This very talented lady is my aunt by marriage -- my husband was her nephew, thus she became my aunt.  We became quite close.  She did outstanding embroidery, and I inherited a set of state flower blocks which she embroidered.  With the addition of four corner blocks which I embroidered, I added the sashing, assembled the blocks and completed the quilt top.  I'm attaching a few photos of portions of the assembled top.  She made a lot of quilt tops, but always sent them out for quilting.  In April 2010, she fell, breaking a hip, at which time her Alzheimer's became apparent and she was admitted to long-term care.  A few months ago, she was admitted to hospice care at a local secured nursing home, and eventually admitted to in-facility hospice care about a week ago.  I won't ramble on any more, except to say that she was much loved and will be missed.  Here are the photos.

She also took photographs of the United States Presidents, from the time of Washington through Clinton, drew her own embroidery patterns, on white, using black and white print as sashing, and assembled them into a President's Quilt.  She made two of these quilts (both hand-quilted) gave me one and the other was given to my cousin who had her own quilt shop (the one who passed away a couple of years ago.  I'll do a second post here, with some photos of her President's Quilt.
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Okay, I'll try again -- did this once already, then lost it!

Photos of aunt's President's Quilt:

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What treasures!!! I hate it when the mind gives out before the body. I’m sure you miss her. My condolences.
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So sorry for you loss.  So happy for you to get your aunt's quilted treasures.  What a wonderful memory of her you now have!
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So sorry, stunning work.  Amazing skills
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Sorry to hear of the loss Jeanette. She even got the signatures down like they wrote it, amazing.

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So sorry for your loss. Your Aunt was a very talented lady! 
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I'm so sorry for your loss Jeanette. She was a talented woman.

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Jeanette, your Aunt was such a treasure! How good to have some tangible reminders of her love and skill.
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So sorry--she was so talented and I am pleased to see you the recipient of her work.  I think the portraits are outstanding!
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Wow, a nice long life and a quilting legacy.  She did great work, you are lucky to have those quilts.
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Thank you all for your thoughts and good wishes.  Yes, Aunt Esther was a wonderful person (her personality did take a 'downward turn' after she was stricken with Alzheimer's.  But I have pictures of a lot of quilts she made.  She made a 'Bible Quilt", all embroidrered, and donated it to the mission sale at her childhood church in Oklahoma -- probably 25-30 years ago at least.  It brought $900 at the mission sale in "small town" Orienta, Oklahoma -- that's a lot of money for that small a town!.  And this was not a very large quilt -- would fit better on a twin size bed than on a full size bed.  It was supposed to be a full size quilt.

If I ever reach a point that I can do it, I'm going to purchase a really good camera -- the one I have is a fairly good camera, but it just doesn't want to take a picture of a whole quilt very well.

Again, thank you for your comforting words.

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Please accept my condolences on your loss. I know the pain of losing a loved one.

If you need a good camera, you might do what I did and get one from Shopgoodwill. Not only have I found some very hard to find sewing machines for way less than on eBay, but some real rarities too. 

After having the digital 4 megapixel camera we had and used for 12 years stop working (just worn out- it had a sliding on-off cover) I got a cheap Vivitar that was absolute crud. So, it came to me that if I could do that with sewing machines, I could do it with cameras. Having had the hobby of photography for decades my old film cameras were nearly useless and photo processing is almost non-existent now, so I went to SGW and started looking at the cameras. When I found one of interest, I would look it up on the internet to determine value and specifications, age and if memory cards were available on eBay. Most of them are. 

Long story short, I now have a nice collection of digital cameras dating from 2001 to 2017 and from 3.2 megapixels (Sony) to 20.1 megapixels (also Sony), but Canons, Konica-Minolta, and Olympus. Several are only 5 megapixels but are still great for general photography as long as you don't want to blow the image up beyond 4 x 6 inch prints. They will all look good on the computer screen, too. My general cams are mostly 12, 16 and 20.1 megapixels. 

A couple of my cameras were expensive when new - one was $1500 (which I got for $100, the other over $1000 (which I got one for $7.00 !). All of my cameras have memory cards and battery chargers/batteries that I easily found on eBay. People donate good cameras simply because they can't get a memory card or battery over the counter anymore, but they are usually always available online. 

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Hello group,

  Bruce helped me find the right camera for us and we are very grateful for his help.  One note we discovered with some modern electronics like this particular Sony camera is that it does not like alkaline but instead loves NiMH batteries which makes me like it even more.  After doing some research I found that this particular model some are ok with the alkaline and some are not....very strange but we couldn't be happier with the camera Bruce helped us find and NiMH is the only way to go for us anyways.  In our case it was an open boxed item off eBay that had international Global Shipping Program so it worked out even better.  Extremely high quality and what a great deal that Bruce helped us save money on.

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I'm still using a Samsung Digimax A503 5megapixel camera I bought for $80 on sale at Sears in 2003. Takes great pics and videos. I still don't know half of what it can do.

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Cari - 

In case you don't have it anymore (or it's put away "somewhere") here is the manual for your camera. That's something else I found when shopping for vintage cams - the manuals are usually readily available online. 

- Bruce

 
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Thanks Bruce. I'm not much of a photographer so this little cheapie suits me fine. My girls all have nice expensive cameras though they never use them anymore since their smart phones take good pics. I don't have a smart phone either.

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