Many years ago, a neighbor taught Amelia Culpher how to mend clothes. She spent decades developing an eye for design and honing technical skills. After retiring, Amelia joined Sisters of the Cloth, a Fort Wayne-based quilt guild. Quilting quickly became her primary creative practice and remains an essential part of her life.
“Quilting is an opportunity to give a piece of you to somebody else … If you know somebody did something out of love … it just means a little more.” - Amelia Culpher
As a young child, Kameisha Brown went to meetings of Sisters of the Cloth with her grandmother, Amelia. There, she learned the basics of quilt making. She returned to the guild years later as a way to spend time with her grandmother and express her creativity. Amelia hopes this apprenticeship will inspire a life-long love of quilting in her granddaughter. “Sometimes people learn things, then they put it on the shelf,” she says, “I’m just hoping she’ll get that fire like I got, then eventually pass it on.