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.