Wyatt’s niece, Debbie Clark, said it was her idea to host a show for her aunt in Cadiz. Wyatt said her late son, John Wyatt II, always wanted her to have her own show, so she considered it a way to honor his memory.
Every quilt on display had a story behind it. As people entered the show, they were immediately treated to the sight of a duck quilt. Clark told a few people as they walked in that the show represented about a third of Wyatt’s life’s work. Wyatt said she made the duck quilt for John II, who died in September 2006, because of his love for duck hunting.
Another quilt that had special significance for Wyatt was the quilt she made for her and her husband, Johnny’s, 50th, or “golden,” anniversary. She said that Johnny died in June 2003, just a month short of their 60th anniversary. Another quilt on display was made for John II and his wife, Judy’s, 25th wedding anniversary.
One quilt on display featured pink lines and shapes with flowers all over. What one might not notice until looking closer, however, is that 17,000 French knots also covered the fabric. The knots surround each of the petals on the quilt. Clark said it took Wyatt 700 hours, spread over a full year, to finish the elaborate work.
On one wall was a quilt commemorating the 1984 Olympics. The quilt won Best in Show at the 1983 DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois. The quilt features white figures in athletic poses in 23 different squares. Clark said it took her aunt eight hours to complete the Olympic logo at the bottom right-hand corner.
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