Behind bars at Ohio’s Grafton Correctional Institution is the short answer. Bear with me, because there is a connection between prison and quilting.
A recent talk at my quilt guild by Barbara King, the institution’s Deputy Warden, included a show of quilts made by prisoners. She started teaching inmates how to quilt as part of the prison’s community service rehabilitation program. All the quilts are made with donated supplies and are given to charities in Ohio. No public money is involved.
It seems the inmates started with cardboard templates and plastic children’s scissors. They now have rotary cutters, but even needles must be carefully checked out and in.
Here are some of the quilts that left our efforts in the dust.
These guys crank out quilts quickly, not surprising when you have an enforced daily quilting time. Apparently they also tune into Fons and Porter’s quilting show on Saturday mornings. I would love to see the reaction of the other prisoners to that.