In the early 1920s, my grandmother Virginia bought the house on 18 Mountain Road, with her mother and sister. She was teaching nearby while the others cared for the house. In 1924, Virginia married a widower named Benjamin. He moved into the house, along with his young son and his father. Virginia and Benjamin had three more children, one dying in infancy. Their youngest surviving child is my mother. The photos in this quilt show the nine people who lived in the house at various times between 1925 and 1940. The key is one that was used for the front door.
I made this quilt to honor my mother and her family. My grandmother lived in that house until she sold it in 1983 at the age of 90. Growing up, I spent several weeks each summer there with my siblings and cousins, some of my happiest childhood memories. My mother is still alive, although she has dementia. But she’s very content, thinking her parents still live in that house and reliving those days. We’ve spent happy hours looking at the old photos, which are more real to her than the present.
The quilt was inspired by the crazy quilt books by Brian Haggard. It is machine quilted and hand embroidered, beaded, and tatted.