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My First Quilts

Monday, January 25, 2016

I remember receiving a quilt from my Mom when I was first married. I loved the warm feeling of love that quilt gave to me, in both the good times and the bad. Sadly I lost my mother’s gift in the many moves that I made in my first marriage. I wish that I had that quilt today.

The same thread of love for sewing and quilting is also a part of my husband’s family. When I remarried, John’s mother Flora gave us a quilt that she had made many years earlier while working in a dress factory. 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.
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