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In The Easy Chair: Barbara Barber


AGE 78 years young.

OCCUPATION Homemaker, quilter. I count it a privilege to take the “picture” inside and turn it out into a quilt.

RESIDENCE Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Bradford.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME With family and/or quilting.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS Co-founding Ninigret Quilters Guild with the late Janet Dobson, my family, and making quilts that “speak” to others.

WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR My sense of humor.

TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST Use up all of my accumulated quilt fabric.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Vicks VapoRub.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A “home ec” teacher.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST See dinner conversation question below.

FAVORITE AUTHOR J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I’ve made a quilt depicting each book.

LAST BOOK I READ “An Irish Country Doctor” by Patrick Taylor.

FAVORITE SONG Anything by Perry Como. Yes, I’ve dated myself.

FAVORITE MOVIE “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I watch it every Christmas season — in black and white.

FAVORITE TV SHOW “Live with Kelly and Michael” and “Jeopardy.” We record “Jeopardy” and watch it before bedtime, an evening ritual.

FAVORITE PET Queenie, my dog when I was growing up. I could dress her up like a doll and play “house” with her.

FAVORITE FOOD Oatmeal.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK None.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Dependability.

PET PEEVE People who litter. I walk daily through Weekapaug picking up litter. Sadly it returns.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be returned unto you.” — Luke 6:38.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The ocean and Split Rock Overlook.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Faith, family, quilting.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME In 1986, Rhode Island proclaimed a “Barbara Barber Day,” when my quilt “HOPE” was chosen to represent Rhode Island in a national contest.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Live up to your potential.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE If you’ve made a mistake in your quilt, “DO NOT POINT IT OUT!” It is probably not even noticeable to others. Remember only God is perfect!

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Proceed as I do daily humbly and ask God for direction.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Buy more fabric!

I DRIVE A Gold Toyota Camry with “QUILTA” on the license plate.

I WISH I DROVE I’m happy with what we have.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Iced coffee to get me started for my walk.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE How can I choose one? I am the product of the strong stock of my roots, and I’d like to be surrounded by the folks who influenced me and made me who I am. I’d like to be with my dad, Jim Waite, for his sense of humor (which I share); my mom, Helen, for her faith, loving care and wonderful recipes; my grandma, Dr. Anne Waite, a lady ahead of her time, for her foresight and the stamina she had to achieve her goal; my grandma Ethel Kenyon, for her frugality; my grandpa Amos Kenyon, for his gentleness; and an ancestor from Salem, Mass., who was hanged as a witch in 1692. At her trial she said “I live or die by the Word of God.” I’d ask each, “Am I living up to your legacy?”

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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