Everyone Needs Quilted Memories in the Family!
And future generations need us to document these quilts now!
Teen-agers! Well, what can I say. Some females will go to strange lengths to keep that skin beautiful! But I don't think she went out in public with that goop on her face! No self-respecting 14 year old would — not even in New Orleans where we lived at the time!
The Lone Star quilt on the wall sets off Sarah's pink glow nicely, don't you think?
The name of the portrait quilt below from 1978 is "Sarah in Pink". My mother-in-law actually made three of these, one for each child, based on the art work we had sent her. (See the photo of all three below.)
Of course, I had no idea she would make a quilt out of the art work when I sent it. I didn't know anyone could do that.....make a quilt out of a child's artwork!
Oh my, how my daughters are going to love me for these photos. All quilts by my prolific mother-in-law, Wini Waters Alexander, born in Yakima, WA and raised in Seattle.
|Christmas Eve 1978|
We all have a story about how, why and when we got hooked by the quilting bug. I think when we record our stories, we are leaving behind a very valuable legacy. I hope you will consider writing down your story for your children or grandchildren!
I never would have gotten bitten by the quilt bug if it weren't for my mother-in-law. It was the above three portrait quilts plus one other quilt (below) made of Sarah's art work from age 2-7 that finally lured me into quilting.
What intrigued me most of all about the above quilt was what a carrier of history it was, a child's history. I was hooked!
I think her first love was clothing
I knew I had photos somewhere of my youngest daughter (Lori) taken about 1977 with two of the doll quilts Wini had made. Finally found them!
I reluctantly allowed Lori to take this precious new birthday gift (above) to her friend's house that day just across the street. It never came back and this is the only photo I have of it. Fortunately I snapped the photo just before she left the house that day. The friend's mama could not find it when I called the next morning. She claimed she hadn't even seen it. I was so upset. The two little girls had stayed home the whole afternoon so it couldn't have been left somewhere else. I always suspected her little friend might have squirreled it away somewhere to play with later, as little children will sometimes do. I hope some day it shows up in someone's antique doll quilt collection! Alas, Wini did not sign her doll quilts like she did all her other quilts.
Above is another one of Wini's birthday gift's to Lori. I confess, I had a very hard time allowing her to play with this one. Each fan is trimmed in lace.
Here's Lori some 30 years later ready for a 2010 Halloween party, black wig and all!
And below a photo prepping for her wedding. Though she doesn't make quilts (yet), she is a graphic artist!
"I'll give the baby Fan Quilt to Lori some day," I told myself those many years ago...."when she has her first baby." It will be a lovely "baby presentation" quilt.
No baby yet but plenty of time for she just got married in April here on the island.