Sunday, August 20, 2006

Veterans Quilt

Veterans Quilt

Veterans Quilt

I have been working on a Veterans Quilt to honor some of the men in my family who have served this country during a time of war. There are four Marines shown on this quilt, three Army veterans, one Navy veteran and one Air Force veteran. The four surrounded by gold stars have passed away. My husband, David, who died in 1986 at the age of 44, (upper center) is one of these four. His great-uncle, Frank, received the Purple Heart Medal during World War I. Because I didn't have a picture of Frank, I scanned the front and back of his medal which was passed down to my late husband. The back of the Purple Heart Medal has Frank's name engraved on it. (middle-center)

2008 Update: Since I created this quilt, both my brothers-in-law, Jim W. (US Army - lower center) and Jim G. (USMC- lower left) have passed away.

2010 Update:  My late husband's cousin, Myron (US Army - upper left) passed away this year.

2013 Update:  My beloved uncle, "Artie" (USAAF - upper right) passed away in February 2013.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Quilting - the fabric of my life!

Leaf Quilt
I became interested in quiltmaking several years prior to the Bicentennial in 1976. Thanks to the Bicentennial, people had become interested in quilts and quiltmaking once again. By this point in time, quiltmaking was on the decline and in danger of becoming a lost art form.

I remember in 1976, that my sister Laraine and I went to see a Bicentennial quilt that was on display at a public library in Shelton, CT. The quilt was made up of many different individual blocks reflecting the history of the city. Some of the blocks depicted famous homes in the city. I was astonished that these "homes" were made from fabric and that the quilters had even used small scraps of lace for the curtains. They also used embroidery to add flowers and other details to the blocks.

That quilt really had a lasting effect on me - and now, 40 years later, I am still quilting!