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I made this small crazy quilt to honor the memory of my grandmother and her siblings. Their mother died in Dec. 1904, and their father immediately took the children to his family’s farm in New York, before leaving them and returning to Wisconsin a month later. The children were split up and taken in by four families in different towns. What was unusual was that the adoptive families all made an effort to keep the children connected with one another. This quilt shows the children in a photo taken a few weeks after their mother’s death and again as adults.


This quilt was inspired by the crazy quilt books by Brian Haggard. The cotton fabrics are from CT’s Neutral Love collection, supplemented by satins, velvets and upholstery fabrics. It is machine pieced and hand embroidered, beaded and tatted. 

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on September 15, 2013 at 7:28pm


Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 15, 2013 at 4:06pm

What a beautiful keepsake you've created. 

Comment by Barb/WI on September 14, 2013 at 5:30pm

For as touching and beautiful as this is in a picture, I can only imagine what it would look like  "in person."  This is an amazing tribute to the memory of your grandmother and her sisters/brothers.  What a wonderful way to preserve their story.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on September 14, 2013 at 1:57pm

It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing. Sometimes, when I think of the old ones, knowing how much solace I get from working with fabric & color, it is no surprise to me they stitched such beautiful quilts when their lives were so difficult. I am so thankful for the old ones in my life who persevered & made it through.

Comment by Janet/MO on September 14, 2013 at 8:30am

What a lovely way to honor your grandmother & her siblings. 

Comment by Donna Sykes on September 14, 2013 at 6:46am

A beautiful tribute and a wonderful heirloom to be passed on to your family.

Comment by Marilyn L. on September 14, 2013 at 6:02am

This is stunning!  And as the others have said, such a beautiful tribute to your family members.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 14, 2013 at 5:50am

I agree with Pam, what an incredible tribute and a wonderful way to share their story.  

Comment by Pam/NY on September 14, 2013 at 5:06am

What a beautiful tribute to your family. Very creative...the angels are smiling.

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