27 March 2011

the thing to pass down

On a recent visit with my sister I took a few pictures of one of the quilts she made for her new daughter, Hannah. My sister has an affinity for bright colors and fancy shapes. She probably makes about 6 quilts a year of various size and intricacy.

The practice of making quilts goes back generations in our family, though not all of the women practice it. (I knit.) From our grandmothers, to our great-grandmothers and aunts, few of the quilts from previous generations have survived in our family, because the beautiful hand work had a highly functional purpose - keeping us snug and warm.

I guess I'm okay with that . . . as long as my sister keeps sewing.

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