Heart of the Home

Creativity passed on to granddaughter

| August 2008

I was born into a creative family. My maternal grandmother, who was born in 1870, was known for her handmade quilts, embroidered tablecloths with crocheted inserts, dresser scarves and other items that adorned her house.

Her daughters remember the crochet and embroidered work on their blouses and underclothing. Even Grandmother's vegetable garden was deco­rated with a border of flowers.

Her mother, who immigrated to the United States in 1845, brought a rosebush with her to have a bit of her old home in her new yard. Roots of this rosebush have been passed down, and the roses are still blooming for many members of our family.

Grandma's creativity was passed on to my mother, who crocheted hundreds of doilies during her lifetime.

Although my dresses may have been made from feed sacks when I was a child, they were always prettier than the dresses the other girls wore. Each one was made with a coordinating fabric forming the sleeves, bodice or an insert in the skirt. One pattern could make a dozen dresses, each one looking different.

Each dress had something special about it. The one I remember most is the one Mother made when she had no other fabric to add to it. She made a secret pocket in the bodice. I loved that dress. I always carried a penny in the pocket. It made me feel special because no one else knew it was there.

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