By Deborah Jones
Priscilla Casciolini won her first blue ribbon the first time she entered her first quilt in a show sponsored by a small guild in McCaysville, GA. Since that time, Priscilla won a Blue Ribbon at the 2003 East Cobb Quilt Show for a bed-sized quilt that includes patchwork and appliqué. It was this quilt that was accepted for the AQS Show in Paducah the following year. You see Priscilla in the accompanying photo with her hand-quilted broderie perse medallion quilt.
When she retired, Priscilla took classes at Lee Wards and at The Village Quilt Shop in Stone Mountain where she discovered Georgia Bonesteel’s quilt-as-you-go technique. Nowadays, Priscilla likes to take classes in which she learns new techniques; she appliqués, pieces, and quilts both by machine and by hand; and, is active in the Gwinnett Quilters’ Guild where she has been a member since the late 1990’s. Currently, Priscilla coordinates the Guild’s project to donate a pieced and hand-appliquéd quilt to the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum for the 2011 exhibition and fund-raising effort. In years past, she has served as guild treasurer and program chair.
Having made bed-sized quilts for her whole family, Priscilla says with a smile in her voice “All my quilts are designed to be slept under.” That family includes her wonderful husband Don, whom she met after moving to the Atlanta area in the 1960’s, two children, and four grandchildren who luckily live in the area.
Born in Honolulu where her dad was stationed with the Army Air Corps, Priscilla has lived since then in several states. She hikes with friends, has earned her “Eighty Miler” badge from the Georgia Appalachian Society for completing eighty miles of the Appalachian Trail and, in days gone by, has been scuba diving and has gone fly fishing with Don.
Priscilla is a regular at Quilt Council conventions. Look
for her there in October when the Gwinnett Quilters’ Guild hosts Convention in
conjunction with the 2010 Georgia Quilt Show.