A Retrospective of Fiber Art

by the late Hilda C. Fink

Born and raised in PA, Hilda C. Fink graduated from Meyersdale High School in 1940. She lived in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Virginia while continuing her education in sociology and Spanish. After marrying her husband Ray S. Fink in 1943, Hilda started sewing in 1947 after the birth of her first child, Drake. Soon she branched out from baby garments to making dresses, pants, blouses, hats, and other articles of clothing for her family. Her children loved wearing her clothes because she was an excellent seamstress.

After years of making clothing and accumulating leftover fabric scraps, Hilda decided to pursue quilting. In 1990, she joined the Log House Quilt Guild and began to attend many workshops, classes, shows, and retreats to help her hone in on her craft. During the 19 years she quilted, she made around 125 quilts, everything from huge queen-sized bed quilts to little wall hangings. Hilda was meticulous about her work and finished everything she started. When she passed away on July 19, 2009 at Windber Hospice, she did not leave piles of unfinished projects – there were only two: an embroidery piece and a wall hanging.

Sally Fink, Hilda’s daughter, speaks fondly of her mother’s artwork. “It was from her that I learned what constituted well-made…and throughout my life I have never been satisfied with anything else.”

"Stories Told Through Stitch" will be on display at the Community Arts Center from September 1st - 27th.
A FREE opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

Community Arts Center
Hours of Operation

10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday — Friday

10:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday

​Closed, Sunday

“Hilda taught me so much about quilting that I wanted to re-pay her somehow, but she never wanted money. When I asked what I could do, she said, ‘Teach others what I’ve taught you. Pass along the knowledge I passed to you.’ ”
–Kay Spriggs

Stories told through Stitch