In the 70-plus years Lynette Crawford’s been quilting, she’s made 889 quilts. And, although the 89-year-old Killeen resident slowed down after she started going blind six years ago, she still loves the craft.

“I just like to touch the fabric,” Crawford said. “Even after I lost my eyesight, I still quilted. I had to put a piece of tape from the needle to the edge of the machine and I could follow my fabric with that tape.”

Crawford recently donated all her fabric scraps to other craftsmen and women, who used them to make quilts displayed Friday and Saturday at this year’s Shades of Texas Quilt Show at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

The Crossroads to Texas Quilt Guild of Killeen hosts the show every two years.

“We are promoting the art and craft of quilting to the community,” said Nancy Judd, a special events co-chair for the guild. “Some of these quilts got entered to get judged and others don’t want to so it’s just for display.”

Connie Duffey, who won best of show, took her first quilting class in 1981. She said she’s put 9 million stitches on her sewing machine since she retired about four years ago.

The award-winning piece, titled “Baltimore Liberty,” has 1,479 appliqued pieces, which took Duffey more than 18 months to piece together into blocks and an additional three months to quilt.

“It’s a feeling of satisfaction that you finally accomplished a goal,” she said. “It was an awful lot of work, but it’s something you strive for.”

Crawford still has the first quilt she made in a home economics class during her senior year at Killeen High School.

“I made a star quilt and I was about 17 years old,” she said. “I’ve been quilting ever since.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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