STEUBENVILLE - Marlies Brandt thought a lot of the late Bill Croskey.
The retired Steubenville High School teacher had taught her husband Paul, and Marlies had known Croskey for years.
So the veteran quilter decided to create a log cabin-style quilt using red, black and some gray in memory of Croskey who died in January at the age of 83.
QUILT DONATION — Marlies Brandt of Wintersville donated a quilt she made in memory of the late Bill Croskey to the Historic Fort Steuben. Fort officials said the quilt will be used for a fundraising campaign in the near future. Joining Brandt at the donation ceremony were, from left, Jerry Barilla, president of the Historic Fort Steuben board of trustees, Gerald Diloreto, First Ward councilman, Brandt and Mary Snyder, a fort employee. - Dave Gossett
"I liked Bill a lot. He was involved in the Kiwanis with my husband and was always looking after the interests of the community. He was also very involved with the land office which is located adjacent to the Historic Fort Steuben. So I created this quilt in his memory," explained Brandt.
"I had been thinking about doing something for a fundraiser for the fort and this quilt was the appropriate donation," she said.
"The red represents the heart of the home. The strips of fabric were usually from used clothing that was torn for the quilt. And the pattern is like building a log cabin. This particular pattern dates from just after the Civil War," said Brandt.
"This is a queen-sized quilt or about 80 inches by 95 inches. The batting material is a cotton-polyester machine washable quilt," she added.
Brandt has been quilting since 1983 when she attended a quilt making class at the Steiffel Fine Arts Center and decided to take classes," recalled Brandt.
From those early classes where she learned the old fashioned style of hand sewing her quilts Brandt became the proud owner of a long arm sewing machine with an attached computer that has allowed her to become even more creative with her quilts.
The Brandt home is a virtual showroom of her quilts.
"My husband Paul tolerates it because he knows I love this. He says I am always working on a quilt. But he is also there to help me with the computer on the long arm of the sewing machine. And he likes the different quilts. I have one of 300 special sewing machines in the country. It isn't like the hand stitching of the old days where women would gather for quilting bees. But this machine allows me to create designs that look like the old fashioned quilts as well as a lot of different styles," observed Brandt.
Jerry Barilla, president of the Historic Fort Steuben board of trustees, said the Bill Croskey quilt will be sold at an auction setting or possible through a ticket drawing.
"I also had Mr. Croskey as a teacher at Steubenville High School and I think he would be very pleased this quilt will be used to help the fort and the land office. Mr. Croskey was very interested in the history of Steubenville and was a long-time supporter of the fort and the land office," stated Barilla.
(Gossett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)