Picture of the day -
September 5, 2006
Mom "Signing" One Of Her Handmade Quilts
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Over the course of her 79+ years,
my mom has probably
made over 1,000
quilts, most of which were carefully handcrafted from "scraps"
of recycled material from old jeans, shirts, sheets or any other
type of cloth item that had reached the end of its useful life. And
although they were all quite beautiful, most of those quilts were
built to keep someone warm on cold winter nights, not to help
beautify a home.
Mom began making quilts as a young girl out of necessity, not
because she enjoyed it. Her family was large, the house was drafty
and the winters were cold. Times were hard back then, and there was
no money in the meager family budget for buying quilts...so she
helped grandma make them from scratch.
As time went on and mom grew older, the seemingly endless task of
making quilts evolved into a labor of love. She really enjoys taking
small, virtually random pieces of cloth and turning them into a work
of art. And that's exactly what mom's quilts are: works of art!
They'll probably never be on display in a museum or hang on a wall
in the White House, but mom's beautiful quilts are just as unique
and masterfully designed as any painting by Rembrandt or Renoir.
Even though she has created over 1,000 masterpieces in her lifetime,
mom has never put her "mark" on even one of her creations - until
now. My cousin Jackie recently asked mom to make her a special
quilt, and she asked her to "sign it" by sewing her name in a corner
of the fabric. Although she had never done that before, she said she
would give it a try - and the result is the "Picture Of The Day"!
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