A Stitch in Time

a-stitch-in-timeIn December of 1918, the only thing on Marian Welles’s mind was a baby. She and James had tried to conceive throughout their first year of marriage, but to no avail. So it was with tears in her eyes that she accepted the beautiful, handmade quilt from her mother-in-law, Collie Mercer Welles, given as an anniversary present. Collie made the quilt from clothing James and Marian wore as children. She had the best of intentions, and a strong faith, when she created the quilt for her son and daughter-in-law. Unfortunately, Marian didn’t share Collie’s convictions, and the quilt was a stab of pain in her longing heart.

I received an amazing handmade quilt from my Aunt Inta as a wedding present, and I also inherited one from my Grandmother Huffman. Although they are different in style, both are heirloom quality works of art. I have also had the pleasure of sleeping under quilts made from scraps of fabric. These quilts aren’t created for their beauty, and yet as a non-quilter myself, I am still so impressed by the time that went into each quilt right down to the tiniest, perfect stitch. As I looked at the mismatched squares, I wondered where each one came from and marveled at how they found new life as a warm blanket.

I’ll direct you to Quilting in America for the history of quilts. The heritage is rich, abundant, and a worthy read. From alternative uses to perception of the craft throughout the decades, there is much in this article that I found quite interesting and hope you do as well.

Picture Perfect Love

Welcome to my first installment of Read & Relax.  The story I’ve chosen to share with you was written for a contest at the Faded Velvet antique store located, at the time, in Hartville, Ohio.  The owner, Donna, posted an old, sepia-toned picture on her Facebook page and challenged participants to write a story about the people in it.  I won the contest and received a gift certificate to the store which I used to purchase a beautiful cut glass pitcher.

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I now own the photograph thanks to the generosity of a best friend.  The original isn’t a tintype, but since I have always been fascinated with the tintypes my mother owned, I decided to make it one for my story.  All that is known about the couple in the picture is they lived on a farm in Massillon, Ohio.

So, make a cup of English breakfast tea, sit back, read and relax.

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