Lois K. Ide: Quiltmaker

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Sometimes people enter our lives, and we are all the better for it.   Lois Ide was such a person.  I “met” Lois when I was doing research for my first book, “America’s Pictorial Quilts.”  Lois was a talented quiltmaker from Ohio, and we carried on a penpal relationship about quilts, family and religion for many years.  I was sad to learn that Lois passed away recently just 10 days after her husband.

From her obituary:


“BUCYRUS: Lois K. Ide, 90, of Bucyrus, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Altercare of Bucyrus.

Lois was born June 3, 1920 in Swanton (Fulton County), Ohio to the late William and Olive (Foote) Kyper. She married Carl J. Ide on June 12, 1943 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Columbus.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Carl J. Ide on November 20, 2010…

Lois was well known locally and nationally in the quilt world through her published writings in several books, as well as through her lectures and workshops. Her quilts have been shown in several museums including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and she has donated quilts to the Ohio Historical Museum in Columbus where they are still on display.
Lois enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and sharing her artistic abilities with others.”

When my family was preparing to move to a new house shortly after the book was published, we received a package in the mail from Lois.  She made each of us a Christmas ornament  – a Christmas goose – to hang on our tree, which we do every year. She wrote a little note on the back of her business care, which to this day I still have.

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Thank you for your friendship, Lois.

You can read more about Lois and her quilting in America’s Pictorial Quilts, published by American Quilter’s Society, copyright 1985, Caron L. Mosey, pages 23-24.