Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves We are sisters, best friends and next-door neighbors. Our names are Virginia Baker and Barbara Sanders; better know as Ginger and Bobbie to family and friends. We were born and raised in Middle Tennessee and have the accent to prove it.
Virginia and her husband moved to Alabama in the late 70’s where she worked in the paint manufacturing industry for 20 years. Color development was a major component of her job duties. This resulted in her keen eye for viewing color. Virginia became serious about learning the craft of quilting in 1990 when she joined the North Jefferson Quilters’ Guild. The guild is a bit unusual in that it is a teaching guild. There, Virginia was a part of the teaching team and had the opportunity to share her talents and enthusiasm with newcomers to the guild. Virginia and her husband moved back to Middle Tennessee in 2006.
Barbara is a happily retired bank Vice President. She was employed by a hometown bank for 37 years. Barbara worked her way up from the bookkeeping department to Vice President and mortgage lender. She and her husband live on a farm in Middle Tennessee where they share the rolling hills with cows, burros, dogs and a horse.
In 1997 while visiting a friend, we saw our first traditional hand hooked rug. It was love at first sight. Since traditional rug hooking was not well known in our area, materials and teachers were non-existent. We decided to purchase a book and teach ourselves. In 1998 we attended our first rug school in Chattanooga. Since that time, we have attended many rug schools and have had the privilege of studying under a wide range of teachers.
The desire to introduce and share rug hooking with some of our friends, led to the establishment of the Wool Sisters. It began in 2000 with 5 eager friends around a dining room table. Today the Wool Sisters consists of about 30 dear friends primarily in Tennessee with extending members in 9 other states.
Virginia teaches, with the assistance of Barbara, beginning primitive rug hooking in her home studio and at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
Our love of quilts came from our grandmother, Sarah Jenkins and our Aunt Janie Shelby. They inspired us to create fiber art leaving our footprint behind just as they did.
With our new book, String Quilt Revival, we introduce the use of no show mesh stabilizer in the technique of piecing string quilts. Thirteen colorful projects will stimulate the seasoned quilter and the simplicity will inspire beginners.