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2021 Silver Thimble Award
Josephine de la Cruz Keasler


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. 

Josephine de la Cruz Keasler began sewing with her grandmother when she was just a small child. While attending church services with her husband, she noticed some ladies giggling excitedly in the back. Asking what was so interesting, they said they were excited to be going on a cruise for quilting. Josephine wanted to have fun also and joined them. She started by making 2 quilt bags. Then, those three ladies became her best friends and gave her a quilt as a birthday gift which introduced her to our wonderful world of quilting. After that she was hooked! She says her “first few quilts were examples of everything not to do when making a quilt.” Things have certainly gotten better since then! After living in Southern California since she was born, Josephine and her husband decided to move to Utah where she continues her involvement in all aspects of quilting. In Utah she has served as an officer of the state guild for many years. For our Guild she has served as the Beeline editor, Vice President, President elect, President and Past President. For various Quilt Fests, Josephine has been in charge of vendors and the quilt show, has made and donated opportunity quilts, and as the past president, ran “Sew Bewitching” Quilt Fest in 2019, actually making a small profit for the organization. She has also been instrumental in bringing in national teachers such as Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, Sharon Schamber, Judy Niemeyer and Wendy Williams and others to the state for special classes as well. Recently Josephine has devoted her efforts to her love of teaching and she also continues to take classes from other instructors, thus enabling her to stay current in the “how to” department and, of course, to incorporate additional information when teaching others. Having made more than 172, over 50 of them Quiltworx quilts in just the past 15 years, she was honored to be an Artist in Residence for Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar. She exhibited 40 quilts at that time, including eight designs by Quiltworx. She is also a certified instructor for both Judy Niemeyer designs’ paper piecing and Laura Heine’s collage quilts. Josephine loves bling! Josephine has exceptional skills in all areas of quilting including design, piecing techniques, and border options. She has an excellent awareness of color theory including value and texture, and she thoroughly enjoys assisting her students in the color/fabric selection for their projects. As an example of her talent, expertise, and joy of teaching, in just the past year she has taught numerous classes, and has exhibited some of her quilts in shows resulting in numerous ribbons, including first place at HMQS for her Bali Wedding Star and the Teachers’ Ribbon for “No Greater Love” a quilt designed from a photograph she took of the Law Enforcement Memorial Day ceremony. That quilt is displayed in the POST Academy’s entry at the Salt Lake Community College Sandy Campus. In 2019 the UQSM Show in Sandy, Utah held an exhibit of her quilts.

Josephine says “Call me – I look forward to helping quilters at all levels to experience the joy of making a Beautiful quilt.”

Congratulations Josephine on your selection as the 2021 Silver Thimble Award winner.

Past recipients are:

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?  Fill out the form below and nominate this special person for the Silver Thimble.

Silver Thimble Nomination

Form to nominate a person to receive the Silver Thimble
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