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A True Quilt by a True Quilter

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I am a modern quilter. I pick a pattern than buy all the fabric that I need, and usually have a pile of scraps when I'm done. Years ago, a quilter would take the scraps from many projects and incorporate them into a lovely masterpiece called a quilt. That is a true quilt by a true quilter.
My mother-in-law, Flora Rieley Stetser worked for the Desantis Dressmaking Company in Woodstown , New Jersey through the 60ís to the 80ís. In her spare time, she would take the scraps of dress material and make quilts with her friend Hassie. All those scraps went into making tiny blocks, each cut by hand. Each sewed together on her rejected company machine, forming a beautiful pattern. My quilt tells the story of 40 different dresses from the dress company.

I consider Floraís quilt as the true quilt. I buy my fabric and find patterns that work out beautifully. Flora took what she had, and made something beautiful. When I look at the quilt on my bed, I smile when I think of the practical, patient, hard working woman my mother-in-law was. Her quilts tell the beautiful story of her life.

Flora died at 91 and a half. She was a frail little woman at the end, and I was privileged to visit her every day. I cared for her in her final days, and now, sleeping under her creation, brings back happy memories.
Here is a shot of Jake with his "Mum-Mum.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RD03875 4/23/2013 7:54AM

    I do counted cross stitch so I do know the art and skill that goes into projects. I have made a couple of quilts but I do not like the way they turned out. that is a beautiful story with that beautiful quilt

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/22/2013 5:27PM

    A gorgeous quilt, and I am so glad you are using it as it was intended.

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STALEYK 4/22/2013 2:07PM

    emoticon What a beautiful quilt...what a wonderful story to go with it. I too enjoy quilting but working full time seems to put that on hold for awhile. Thanks for sharing!

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LINDAM.1 4/21/2013 6:10PM

  Lovely memories.

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68ANNE 4/21/2013 5:52PM

    A wonderful story. My mom was one of the scrap quilters. I had the one she made for me for 3 decades ago and I darned any frayed stitch and then passed it along to my daughter who still has it.

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SCOOTER4263 4/21/2013 3:01PM

    Beautiful quilt, beautiful story.

My great-aunt made beautiful rag rugs - one even hangs in the Smithsonian. I wish I had known this story when she was still living and making rugs, but no one told me until much later, when it was mentioned in casual conversation.

I have Amish neighbors now and love to watch the work proceed.

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JOANIE69 4/21/2013 2:08PM

    How beautiful...both the quilt and your tribute to Flora. You are blessed.

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    That is a beautiful quilt!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/21/2013 9:56AM

    Gorgeous quilt!

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-SHOREIDO- 4/21/2013 9:52AM

    Heart warming!!

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HOLLYM48 4/21/2013 9:28AM

    Wow, that is gorgeous! What a wonderful memory to have wrapped around you every night! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/21/2013 8:39AM

    what a beautiful, precious object of art and beauty. And adding to that is the precious memories of such a beautiful and precious person! Brings tears to the eyes!

Thanks for sharing that beautiful story and pictures.

HUGS and blessings. Peace

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SANDRALEET 4/21/2013 8:06AM

    My mom made guilt's to she would find the peaces at yard sale and save them and use them up in many patterns from quilting books I do not have that talent

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MSLZZY 4/21/2013 7:34AM

    Beautiful quilt and a fitting tribute to a wonderful person and all the memories made. HUGS!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 4/21/2013 7:19AM

    emoticon they are beautiful!!!

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RAPUNZEL53 4/21/2013 6:45AM

  Beautiful Quilt! Beautiful story to go with it!

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