Patchwork Pro

Quilter Sherrell has a hot hand
when it comes to quiltmaking

Bedford, Ky., resident has won
numerous awards at the Kentucky State Fair

BEDFORD, Ky. (February 2015) – In 1984, Trimble County, Ky., resident Mimi Sherrell created her first quilt. She enjoyed the experience so much that 30 years later, she is still coming up with designs and patterns for quilts and other stitched items.
When she was younger, Sherrell had her interest sparked by 4-H club, her mother and grandmother. “I made clothes with my mother,” said Sherrell, 49.
Sherrell is not your typical quilter who only makes quilts. She also fashions purses, Halloween costumes and pillowcases. Presently, she is working on four projects at the same time, she said.
“To me, quilting is an art; it’s a stress reliever,” she said. Many times she will turn to the Internet for pattern ideas, such as for an animal inspired quilt she made. “It took from six months up to a year to get the right animals for it.”


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Above is a sample of Mimi Sherrell’s work.

Originally from Henry County, Ky., Sherrell moved to Trimble County in 1989. For the past three or four years, Sherrell has been entering quilts and other quilted items in the Kentucky State Fair. She won several awards at the 2014 fair.
One of her awards was for first place in Computer Machine Quilt. For this type of quilting, “I used a long arm quilting machine,” she said, for the quilt which had an outdoors theme. This outdoor quilt incorporated an original design consisting of squirrels, hunting dogs and raccoons that she pieced together.
She also won first place for her Holiday Quilt, A Christmas Cactus Quilt. She took first place with the quilt this year and third place last year. The Christmas Cactus Quilt is made up of Christmas fabric and uses a log cabin quilt pattern.
Sherrell placed third in the Quilted Purse category with her red, white and blue quilted purse. But the accolades didn’t stop there.
She also received an Honorable Mention in the costume category with a Ninja Turtle costume. “I made one 25 years ago for my son. This time I made one for my grandson.”
In 2004, Sherrell joined the Trimble Thimbles, a local quilting club. “I always wanted to be in a quilting group,” she said.
Fellow quilting group member Carmen Chandler said of Sherrell’s work, “You won’t find any better work anywhere else. She really does a good job.”

Mimi Sherrell quilt

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Above is a sample of Mimi Sherrell’s quilting expertise.

Chandler has known Sherrell for the last 10 years, first meeting her at church. Sherrell then began attending Trimble Thimble meetings along with her mother Martha Holt, who is also good friends with Chandler.
The Trimble Thimbles began in the early ’80s, getting its start from a class Chandler and her mother taught on quilting at the Trimble County Public Library. From that class of 20 or more women, a club was started and their first quilt is still hanging in the library.
“We’ve had a lot of members come and go,” said Chandler. The club now totals 10 to 15 members.
The Trimble Thimbles are responsible for sewing a quilt that is raffled off during the annual Trimble County Apple Festival. “We’ve got this year’s quilt finished already,” said Sherrell.
It is a patriotic themed quilt, made from “red, white and blue material in a log cabin pattern,” Chandler said. Sherrell pieced the quilt in about three to four months.
“We give ourselves a year to work on it,” said Chandler. “We all quilt it.”
Sherrell is “a great person all around. She has taught us all a lot,” Chandler said.
The Trimble Thimbles meet twice a week at the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Office. They meet from 6-8 p.m. Mondays and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call the Trimble County Cooperative Extension at (502) 255-7188. 

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