Residence is filled with quilts, family treasures

The signature line on Mary Ann Harpe's e-mail reads "When your life is in pieces, make a quilt."

Over the years, in good times and bad, Mrs. Harpe has made many quilts which adorn her Evans home. She has always enjoyed sewing and made her own clothes as a teenager.

"When the two poles in my closet broke, my father suggested doing something else," she said.

She dabbled in quilting and cross-stitch, but her interest in quilting finally took root when her children were born. Her handiwork is seen throughout their home, covering beds and hanging on walls. Each one comes with its own story.

Son Preston Harpe has several quilts in his room, including a charm quilt with 2,100 prints of extinct animals. The border reads "Will they miss us when we are gone?"

Mrs. Harpe's first major quilt, made in 1992, is now the bed covering in daughter Anna's room. Mrs. Harpe had a pansy print she wanted to work the quilt around and went to a crafting event and purchased only purple and yellow fabrics.

She incorporated the colors, but the pansy print never made it into the quilt.

The Harpes have lived in their Evans home since Mr. Harpe retired from the Navy seven years ago. A Columbia County native, he wanted to return to his roots and raise his family there, Mrs. Harpe said.

AT HOME WITH ...

WHO: Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Keith Harpe, his wife, Mary Ann; daughter, Anna, and son, Preston

THE HOUSE: 3,600 square feet, four bedrooms and three bathrooms in Evans

More

Shopgirl: Facebook competing with eBay, Craigslist

Facebook is trying to get into the eBay/Craigslist selling game, with a new feature called Marketplace. It works off of your... Read more

Jesus continues to bless the children as silent actor

 

Recently I was doing an important but boring task – meeting with a financial planner. We were going through my “... Read more

Shopgirl: App zaps need for mosquito repellant

OK, this is pretty cool: we’ve all woken up with legs full of mosquito bites and sworn never to go outside again, but with this new app Anti... Read more