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The presidents’ skirts

Angie Frederickson
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Debbie Berner

Debbie Berner

Creating a custom skirt for each year’s president is a longstanding tradition for members of the Houston Junior Forum (HJF). A collection of HJF presidents’ beaded skirts will be featured at the 2022 International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Nov. 3-6. Current president Debbie Berner (pictured) will lend her skirt to the featured collection along with skirts of HJF presidents for the past seven decades. Each president’s skirt is created in a specially chosen theme and is traditionally crafted of velvet, satin, beading, and sequins, sometimes weighing more than 20 pounds. Sherri Cooley, former chair of the HJF president’s skirt committee, was instrumental in creating Debbie’s skirt along with other volunteers who dedicated months of time to designing and making the skirt.

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