Now On Display in Cannon Hall
Quilts by Hannah Hylton O'Neal
When Hannah Hylton O'Neal was a little girl in her home town of Knoxville, Tennessee she repeatedly told her mother that she wanted to be a “plain 'ole mom” when she grew up.
Plain 'ole mom. What does that even mean?
Mothers have children. They wipe runny noses. Tuck their children into bed. Do all those motherly things. But mostly, mothers LOVE.
Hannah shows her love through her quilts. Quilts she makes for friends, family, and even herself. Each quilt is unique, has a story, and is made from love. A mother's love.
Plain 'ole mom?
No, Hannah is anything but plain. Like her quilts, she's colorful, interesting, and made from love.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hannah Hylton O'Neal attended TTU where she met her future husband, Dwight. Once married she moved to McMinnville and started raising a family. While her two boys were still young, she discovered her passion for quilting. Initially her style was very traditional, but as the years passed, she became bolder in her use of colors, fabrics, and patterns.
All of her family and a few friends have benefited from her love of quilting. Hannah finds it to be the perfect way to express her creativity. Quilting was also especially therapeutic after her father's passing. Within a year after he died, Hannah completed a memory quilt for each sibling using her father's favorite shirts. Once her grand-daughters arrived, a whole new world opened up with even more possibilities for expressing her love and creativity through the time-honored art of quilting.
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