Saturday, March 5, 2011

Jean Ray Laury

I am RE-PUBLISHING this post from December of 2009 
in honor of 

Jean Ray Laury 
one of my favorite people in the world.

Jean died last Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

We are all the better for Jean having been here.

I HEART Jean Ray Laury...

Jean and I have known each other for a long, long time. Way further back than the top photo here, taken about 15 years ago, on one of my visits to Jean and Frank's home.
     Circa 1994  
outside of Jean Ray's home in Clovis, CA
My sweatshirt (in Hebrew) translates to "Mendocino" (my home town)

At the annual meeting of AQSG Oct. 2009, San Jose, CA.
Jean was the Keynote Speaker
(What a wonderful treat to get in a little visit...)

The late, legendary textile dealer, Cora Ginsburg, once said this to some folks who were complaining about how they looked in a photograph,
"Enjoy it, my Dears. Fifteen years from now, you will look back at this shot think you looked FABULOUS!"

Tempus, she definitely fugits...

To learn more about Jean Ray, and her work, please visit:

Jean's obituary:


  1. Thanks for the notice about Jean's passing and for your post. I cannot see a Sunbonnet Sue without thanking Jean for putting some fun in that gal.

  2. Thank you for this post. I cannot believe how time flies. She was one of the most influential quilters when I first started quilting. Even though I did not know her personally, I certainly felt her encouragement.

  3. Dear Julie, Thanks for letting us know. I met Jean Ray Laury during the California Heritage Quilt Project. She was a very knowledgeable and interesting person. Her legacy lives on! Pam in Chico

  4. I'm very sad I never got to meet her in person. I know I would've loved her.

  5. Jean was a bright star in the quilting world. I admired her for years before I had the opportunity to take a couple of her classes, where I learned to silk-screen using fabric paints. Her glow will live on in her quilts and the many books she wrote.