This is my latest quilt for the Material Mavens art quilting group that I am in. Today was our reveal day, and our theme for this time was Communications. I chose to focus on letters written from my parents to my Aunt Sallie and my paternal grandmother. They were written during the 1930s, when Daddy was looking for a job on a newspaper and then from Mother, after they married. I also included a picture from that era.
For the crazy quilt background for the snippets of letters and envelopes, I fused some of Mother's handkerchiefs to pink and blue fabrics, as well as some old lace of hers. Then I cut them into crazy quilt shapes and sewed them together. I embellished the background with machine embroidery stitches on some of the seam lines. Then I fused down and appliqued the letter snippets and a few envelopes, as well as the photo.
These wonderful letters were given to me by my cousin David, who sorted through his mother's letters after she died and put them into categories according to which sibling the letters were from. He then put them into a notebook and gave the notebook to the various families. Thanks to David!
The back of the quilt is also pictured above. The fabrics that are under the hankies can better be seen on the backing. I used the pink fabric that reminds me of Mother's Pink Tower china (which she willed to my niece Laura!), and the blue fabric with blue bonnets and other flowers makes me think of Daddy, who loved gardening and flowers so much. I also used some 1930s era, genuine, feed sack fabrics, again in the signature colors of pink and blue.
The close-up allows one to read some of the choicer quotations from my parents. Daddy is often depressed over the financial situation in the country and for him personally, unable at first to find a newspaper job. He relates to his sister Sallie how a new job soon ended, and he tells her, "Don't tell Mom!" (Some things never change!) And Mother, a new bride, lists for her sister-in-law many of the delights of marriage, including trying new recipes. She projects into the future and imagines herself as a granny whose grandchildren speak in "dulcet tones" about the hours spend in Grandmother's kitchen!
This latter statement is poignant for me. Her first granddaughter, our beloved daughter Mary Katherine, who is no longer with us, DID indeed spend hours in her kitchen. She loved especially to make cookies and candy with her grandmother, and I have recipes in her hand-writing, copied down from some of my mother's.