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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.



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Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 12, 2016 at 3:49am
Thanks, everyone for your kind words! I found working on this quilt was very therapeutic as I was coming to terms with the mother I've lost and the new one she's become. I notice I said it was machine quilted. I meant to say it's machine pieced. It's not quilted, but tied from the back, as most crazy quilts were. It's about 27" square and was pieced on a muslin foundation.
Comment by Barbara Graham on January 11, 2016 at 4:50pm

Wonderful! I love everything about, especially the key and the love that you put into it.

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 11, 2016 at 4:06pm

The quilt is beautiful and so is the story behind it.

Comment by Bonnie on January 11, 2016 at 12:19pm

I love the embroidery you added to it, and the story makes it extra wonderful.

Comment by Marilyn L. on January 11, 2016 at 11:32am

Just beautiful, Handstitcher!  I'm wondering how large it is? A wonderful keepsake for you and your family to cherish!

Comment by Cindy on January 11, 2016 at 7:17am

Gorgeous keepsake and remembrance, lovingly created. It's wonderful, Handstitcher. You're work is impressive.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 11, 2016 at 5:35am

Beautifully, beautifully done!  What a great keepsake.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 11, 2016 at 4:55am

Awesome...very creative and historical memories for those who are lucky enough to care for this piece. Great idea and as always beautifully done! Very special...

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on January 10, 2016 at 10:17pm

What a beautiful remembrance of the family home.  I especially like the key's inclusion.  Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on January 10, 2016 at 9:06pm

What a lovely tribute to your mother's family and a cherished memento to keep some wonderful family history alive. A beautiful quilt.

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