Mary's youngest daughter Marion inherted the quilt. A change in the family fortune meant that Marion had to seek employment. She gained work as a seamstress, moving from household to household making wedding trousseaus. She used a silver thimble and a small pair of scissors which she left to her daughter, also named Marion, when she died in 1962.
This second Marion had a lovely thimble and scissors of her own so she kept her mother's thimble and scissors safe until she gave them to her granddaughter.
Which is me.
|Using Marion's thimble and scissors in my first repro block.|
Fortunately I did become interested in quilts and all sorts of crafts. My parents moved our family from Ohio to Australia in the early 1970s. My grandmother brought the quilt with her on one of her visits to Australia because she though I was more interested in it than my cousins.
I decided about eight years ago it was time to make a reproduction quilt before the original totally fell to pieces. Every year or so I would unwrap it and think, I should really do this.
What was holding me back? All that needleturn applique. I began making quilts for my dolls and now make quilts for my grandchildren. I have managed to avoid applique almost entirely and now I had to try it.
I felt that that famous fictional anonymous hero...