My Quilt Story: Tink Linhart


“I enjoyed Iris Frank’s article on the wall quilts featuring doors in the March 2012 issue of American Quilter. Of course I always wonder what is beyond the door…

Tink Linhart with the open-door quilt she made for her local Gilda's Club clubhouse

Here is a photo of my second open-door quilt. This one was created for the Gilda’s Club clubhouse located in Shorewood, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gilda’s Club had been a godsend for me during my recovery from breast cancer in 2004 – 2005 (the same time my U.S. Marine son was deployed to Falluja, Iraq). I wanted to create a wallhanging that would reflect the love and support we all received from one another and the staff. At that time, the clubhouse was located in a brick building sporting a red door with windows on either side of the door, and pots of ivy and red flowers. I put photos of cancer survivors and clubhouse activities into the vinyl “windows” to give people a glimpse of life inside. Upon opening the door, there are more vinyl pockets and more photos. The intent was that the photos could be kept current with additional members and activities.

I said that this was my second open-door quilt. The first one was created for a good friend and fellow cancer survivor who moved to Maryland. The two quilts are essentially the same, except that the door on her quilt opened to reveal signatures and good wishes from her Gilda’s Club friends. I was tickled to see it hanging in her home, a reminder of the love and friendship shared on the cancer journey.

Thank you for a delightful magazine and interesting article.”

Posted by Christine N. Brown, American Quilter magazine editor-in-chief

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