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2022 Silver Thimble Award
Annette Bracken


The Silver Thimble has been awarded in the Utah Quilt Guild since 1997. These winners have been chosen for their outstanding efforts to encourage, promote and preserve the art of quilt making in Utah. 

Annette Bracken and her husband, Brent, have 4 children, all of whom live out of state.  Ann, Julie, Jill, and Matthew.  She was raised in Rexburg, Idaho as her father taught at Rick's College (now known as BYU-Idaho).  She graduated in home economics, taught in Grantsville.  She has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Besides quilting, she enjoys other needle arts and working on family history.  She is a frequent college student taking language courses in German and French and art classes Annette served as the president of the Southridge chapter in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, she began at least a 2-year term as the Great Salt Lake area rep. In those days, the Salt Lake area was one area, not 2 like we have it now. It was a big job as they met monthly at the Salt Lake County complex. This consisted of Show and Tell and some sort of program. The Guild librarian would also bring a huge selection of books from the Guild library for people to check out. Each chapter took turns providing refreshments for the evening. They also had Spring Workshops where classes were offered, first on one day but then expanded to 2 days. The area rep would hold a monthly meeting with all the chapters under her jurisdiction. Oh, those were good times!!

She assisted in the documentation project which resulted in the book Gathered in Time in the early 1990s. - 
Annette has judged numerous quilt shows. She has taught quilt classes at Spring Workshops and Quilt Fest. Quilt Fest responsibilities have included: being in charge of the quilt show, table favors, and helped with the Vendors.

Then, of course, is her term as Secretary, President, etc. Annette was the president during 2020 which was a crazy year. When it became necessary to cancel Quilt Fest in person, she created a Remote Fest for the guild to enable the continued education and sharing of beautiful quilts, even if we were not meeting in person. Then in 2021 with a lot of uncertainty, she led Quilt Fest, incorporating many of the activities that had been planned for Quilt Fest 2020, and made sure that we observed CDC guidelines to hold a wonderful in-person event. 

Congratulations Annette on your selection as the 2022 Silver Thimble Award winner


Past recipients are:

Josephine de la Cruz Keasler 2021
Marlene Rapp 2020
Kaye Evans 2019
Cindy Hutchison 2018
Elizabeth Teerlink 2017
Charlotte Davis 2016
Barbara Walsh 2015
Sharon Wright 2014
Bonnie Miles 2013
Virginia Lee 2012
Carol B. Johnson 2011
Jodi G. Warner 2010
Pamela Morgan 2009
Nancy Henderson 2008
Betty Mae John 2007
Jeanne Huber 2006
Ruth Moon 2005
Tamara Boren 2004
Dick & Gayle Frandsen 2003
Marva Dalebout 2002
Pat Hansen 2001
Millie Olmstead 2000
Hortense Harward 1999
Eunice Young 1998
Saundra Trip 1997


In 1997 the first Silver Thimble award was created to recognize outstanding service and commitment to the Utah Quilt Guild and its mission to encourage, promote and preserve the art of quilt making in Utah.

If you know of someone special, who has contributed greatly to the promotion and enjoyment of quilting in the area served by the Utah Quilt Guild, please consider nominating them for this prestigious award. Is there someone who has inspired you to be a better quilter or who has been an impressive force in bringing quilters together?  Click here to fill out the Nomination Form and nominate this special person for the Silver Thimble.

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