Longtime seamstress stitching again

Louise Feldt and Nola Vice pose with one of Louise’s many quilts.

Louise Feldt and Nola Vice pose with one of Louise’s many quilts.

Louise Feldt has been sewing all her life. However, over the past year she seemed to spend more time in the hospital and rehab than at her sewing machine. After having a knee replacement last summer, she fractured first one hip, then the other.

But by the end of the year, Louise was quilting again.

“It’s something I can do,” she said. “I have good hands, and I can do it by myself.”

Louise has gotten a hand from her friend Nola Vice (“the best one I have,” Louise says), who held on to some of her unfinished projects when Louise moved to Manor of the Plains last year. Both ladies are longtime members of Miss Kitty’s Quilt Guild.

Louise, a mother of seven, made most of her three daughters’ clothes while they were growing up. She herself grew up on a farm in Park, Kan., and first started learning to sew when she was 5 years old.

After moving to Dodge City, Louise did alterations for more than 30 years. She sewed for Jamie’s Cleaners right up until moving to the campus.

Although Louise does most of her quilting by machine, recently she was hard at work hand-sewing the edges of a twin bed-sized quilt to complete it. All of her children and grandchildren have quilts from her, she said, as well as some baby blankets.

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