I always think that people I've known, however briefly and remotely, will live on forever and therefore it was with great sadness and shock to discover that Jeff passed away in June of this year. My contact with Jeff and with his former wife, Beth, came during the 1977 Canadian Quilt Symposium, in which both participated at York University in Toronto. His talent and Beth's were very evident but it was Jeff's designwork that was most exciting. He opened up the world of quilt design, along with Michael James and others in such a way that it's never been the same since. But the greatest impact Jeff's knowledge has had on me was when I became seriously ill after an adverse reaction to an anesthetic in 1985. I wrote Jeff, on the advice of my medical doctor who advised that I learn more about the chemicals used in the making and finishing of cloth. Jeff's words were: "Cloth is one big chemical bath from beginning to end" and with that one comment, it lead me to investigate the quilt cloth I'd been working with for years and could now put a name to the fact that cloth is anything but benign. I remember Jeff and Virginia Avery at my home the day after the conference, all waiting for various flights out of Toronto and both of them belting out tunes on the piano in our home...it was magical and it was musical. I'm sorry, Jeff, a bright light has been extinguished.
Sandra Small Proudfoot, Mono, Ontario Canada and formerly president of the Etobicoke Quilters Guild who sponsored the '77 conference in which you were a guest lecturer and teacher.