The second picture is a close-up of a photo of my mother when she graduated from nursing school as a Licensed Practical Nurse.My mother did not think black fabric of any kind belonged in a quilt. She did not know I was making the quilt, even though she lived with us at the time. I struggled with what fabric to use for the settings and borders. Her favorite flower was the rose. I tried many different fabrics but kept coming back to the roses with a black background. I finally decided to go ahead and use that fabric as nothing else seemed to work. Mother could be very verbal about her opinions when it came to quilts. I took her with me to a local quilt shop once where she saw a quilt with a lot of black fabric. She said, "If I had that quilt, I'd just throw it in a corner and hide it." I was a bit afraid of what her comments would be about the photo quilt. I did not have it finished but gave her the quilt top for Mother's Day in 1994. She surprised me by actually liking it very much. She said it was the most beautiful quilt I had made as it had pictures of her on it! We had a good laugh over that. She asked that I not quilt it for a while because she wanted to take it with her on a trip that summer so she could show it off to several family members. She came home and told me how much everyone liked it. She wanted me to make photo quilts for a couple of the relatives.
Mother was born in 1913 in West Virginia. She lived out in the country. She was a good student and even went to school an extra year because there was nothing else to do when she graduated. She married and had three children, two boys and a girl. Times were hard and her husband was not working. She said there were holes in the floor where they lived, the kids were hungry, and things were not going well. She ended up leaving and getting a divorce. She left the kids with family and moved to Ohio during the war years to work at Goodyear Aircraft. That is where she met my father. They married and the kids came to Ohio to be raised by my father. Mother worked off and on during my growing up years. There was always a big garden and fruit trees. She sewed most of the clothes for my sister and myself. I don't remember about the boy's clothes as I was too young. She also sewed some for other people. Mother said she made quilt tops during hard times in West Virginia for a lady who could afford to buy enough fabric for two quilts at a time. The second one would be for my mother in payment for the first one. Mother said she did not do much hand quilting. Her sister did most of that.
My father died when I was sixteen. I was the only one still at home. My mother went to work at a plastics plant for some income. Then she registered for nursing school and attended classes for a year. Mother remarried but her husband had a serious stroke about two years into the marriage. She took care of him for quite some time. After he passed away, she went back to work as a nurse.
Mother lived with us the last ten years of her life. My husband still jokes today about having lived with four generations of women at one time! Our daughter and grand-daughter lived with us at the time.
Just wanted to share these memories with you on Mother's Day. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.