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Quilter extraordinaire Clara Maxwell
When Clara Maxwell’s name surfaces, certain words are associated with this great lady. Sewing, tatting, quilting and music are just a few words that bring to mind the talents of this woman of Glendale. Maxwell is surrounded by fabric, quilts in the making, and some that are ready to be given as gifts.
Her first real experience with quilting began 70 years ago when she helped stitch a quilt for her own wedding. Since that time, she has made hundreds of quilts, some are pieced tops and others are tied off quilts. Many already grace the homes of her children and grandchildren.
Maxwell’s approach to life is very similar to her approach to quilting. “Do a good job, be consistent, and the end result will be very satisfying.” She has lived her life in that manner, be it the nursery leader for primary, or teaching a child’s class.
One of her favorite callings in the LDS church is that of music director. Clara and Jack’s musical family have been a big part of serving others with their awesome voices and willingness to serve, be it funerals, programs or gatherings.
She is most interested in the younger generation learning to make quilts and enjoy the satisfaction that she has known. She indicated she would also love to help teach others to learn the skills that she has accomplished over a lifetime, putting fabric into patterns that are appealing to the eye. She would willingly help if anyone wanted to share her expertise.
Maxwell will turn 91 in April. Her accomplishment of serving others is still a part of who she is. Hopefully she will have more opportunities to continue to grace others with her sewing machine, producing works of art. She is loved and appreciated. Great works come from those who meet the challenges of hard tasks.