JoAnn has been a master seamstress since she was 12 and began sewing her own clothing while growing up in Mapleton, MN.�The quilting part of her sewing artistry began in 1965; since then, she has taught a variety of quilting classes throughout the United States and Japan.�
Her quilts have hung in art galleries; and the quilt room in the world-famous Pattee Hotel in Perry, IA features one of her creations.� Eight of her quilts have hung in Paducah, KY.� She has shown quilts at other national shows.�
Her most recently published article was in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, published in the September/October, 2005 issue.� Two versions of the poem In Flanders Field are featured on her Web site www.joann belling.com.�These quilts have been entered in competition and by the time she comes to Vermillion, it should be known how they fared in the contest.�
JoAnn is also a professional photographer (who flies her own plane!) and uses many of her artistic photographic techniques in interpreting various designs for the quilts, borders and backart for either her art pieces or for her own quilt patterns.� The lecture/luncheon will culminate a period of enjoyment of the needle arts at the W.H. Over Museum.� In May, Mother's Day was celebrated with an exhibit which honored the history of the aprons which were worn by our mothers; when the aprons come down, the walls will be adorned by a collection of quilts from local quilt artists and from the Friends' collection.
The quilts will be up for your enjoyment for the month of June.� The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 12 noon on June 9 and admission will be $15 which includes both the luncheon and lecture.�Attendance at the lecture only will be $8. This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum and part of the cost will be provided by a local family which has supported many activities and improvements at the museum through this past year.�
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this sure-to-be wonderful afternoon.