Jane Frenke

Earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in graphic arts, Jane Frenke worked as a hand weaver, marketing her clothing from Maine to Texas through her business Loom Room. Relocating to Berkeley Springs from New Hampshire in 1999, she was taken to a quilt guild meeting by one of the long-time members, Isabella Young, “She told me to bring my quilts,” remembered Frenke. “I was self-taught, knew no rules and made quilts only for myself.” Frenke laughs at the memory of the guild members’ shocked faces when she presented her machine stitched, log cabin quilt that had writing all over it and a center made from gold lame. “One woman told me the gold lame would not last 200 years. I responded that neither would I. Isabella just sat there and smirked,” said Frenke.