Letters to the Editor: Quilt Memories

In this issue, a Capper’s Farmer reader shares her sentimental quilting experience.

| Spring 2019

The author's first quilt, made with a small quilt top she found in her deceased mother's belongings. Photo courtesy Janette.

Learning to Quilt

By Janette, via email

My mother quilted a lot when I was young, and my two older siblings were blessed with learning the craft from her as she participated in quilting bees with our neighbors, relatives, and friends. Some of her quilts were auctioned off at school fundraisers, and she made a quilt for each of us girls.

I remember watching her so gracefully poke the needle up and down in small stitches, gathering all three layers on her roller frame. I tried it, but at 4 or 5 years old, I couldn’t quite go through all the layers.

In the mid-1980s, my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and within a year, the Lord called her home. I was 6 years old.

I’d always had a desire to sew, and all of my mom’s sewing tools, as well as her quilt frame and other items, were in my possession, stored in a cedar chest. And although I had a great longing for my mom to teach me this skill, it wasn’t possible, so I knew I’d have to figure out a different way to learn.



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