Arlene Arnold

Arlene Arnold came to the world of quilting in 1975 with millions of others in the Great Quilt Revival for our nations Bicentennial. With her degree in art, Arlene entered the fabric world with enthusiasm. Using a 1” x 2” picture of a Log Cabin quilt she saw in Better Homes & Gardens magazine, she drafted the pattern and being a novice, Arlene made enough 12” blocks (using 1” strips) to cover two king size beds!

Today, Arlene’s focus is from Pre-Civil War quilts to those from the Depression. Her collection of antique and vintage quilts are used in her presentations while sharing with other quilters. She also makes her own patterns using vintage quilts for inspiration, still using

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graph paper and a pencil.

Arlene belongs to two quilt guilds, several on-line quilt study groups and California area groups, SCCQG, NCQC, and Quilt guilds of the North Quarter. She leads the latter group and enjoys meeting members and representatives of these guilds in Northern California, bringing a wide range of people together to share the benefits of our art form.

When not playing in the quilting world, Arlene can be found on her tractor farming 20 acres of walnuts, and raising her beloved English Springer Spaniels on her ranch in Colusa, CA.


Thursday,October 26th, 7pm

The Journey
Kentucky to California 1864


Arlene’s presentation of antique quilts enhances passages from the journal of her great-great-grandmother; which she wrote during her journey from Kentucky to California in 1864.

The Civil War was drawing to an end. Her husband and his brother had already established themselves there in 1852. As a young bride and mother, she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

Lucretia Imogene Lawson, born in Hardin County, Kentucky married Brutis Clay Epperson in 1861. She was 17 ½ in the spring of 1864 when she and her husband and baby son, Charles, started across the plains to California.

Hear her story and see it illustrated with antique quilts from her collection, dated 1820 – 1870.

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