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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 60’s to the 80’s. 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 Flora’s 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.
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