Zabezensky Ferne

Owner, Quiltmaker

  Arizona, United States    

Arizona Quilt Documentation Project

Ferne grew up in Indiana and watched her grandmother quilt. She moved to Arizona in 1960. She began quilting in the late 1980's to make montly home decorations and gifts. She became interested in Jewish quilting and has more than 160 Jewish prints in her "stash". She machine pieces but hand quilts most items guiding the needle with her fingernails as she is unable to control the needle with a thimble. She has quilted more than 1600 items.

Where was the quiltmaker born?

Logansport, Indiana (IN), United States

Where did the quiltmaker grow up?


Quiltmaker's maiden name:


Father's Name:

Bridge, Ray W.

Father's birthplace:

Monticello, Indiana

Father's ethnic/tribal background:


Mother's Name:

Duncan, Doris

Mother's birthplace:

Idaville, Indiana

Mother's ethnic/tribal background:


Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

Zabezensky, M.

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

Retired professor

How did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

From Class, From Relative

When did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

Age 50 or over

Why does/did the quiltmaker quilt:

Gifts, Pleasure, Therapy

Name of quilting group(s):

Las Sendas Quilt Group; Arizona Quilt History Group; Quilt History Bee

Location of group:

Mesa, Arizona; Prescott Valley, Arizona

Specialized activities/events of the quilting group:

annual show and quilt for charities

Estimate the number of quilts made by this maker:

more than 50

Does/did the quiltmaker sell quilts?


Describe the quiltmaker’s unique or favorite materials, patterns, quilting techniques, etc.:

Made more than 1,000 quilted items; Hawaiian quilting; batiks; jewish design quilting

Describe any unique traditions, quilting related customs, beliefs, songs, or rhymes used by the quiltmaker:

Monthly decors for home, deocrate rooms of homes for all all 7 continents where traveled, much prefer hand quilting

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

Quilt without thimbles, guide needle with fingernails and use adhesive tape under fingers like my grandmother did

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