I spoke about memory quilts at the April meeting of the Town & Country Quilters of Southwest Missouri in Joplin. Several members brought memory quilts they had made. I was impressed with this one made by Ruth Pendleton. After her mother Elma Rosbrugh passed away, Ruth and her older sister, Lolis Rosbrugh gathered her clothing. Ruth wrote this:
"So far I have completed 2 bed-size quilts and have a good start on 4 more at this time. I am leaving an empty block at the bottom of the quilt where I can embroider a yellow rose, which was Mother's favorite flower. I will be calling my quilt Mother's Yellow Rose.
Since our father, Marvin Rosbrugh, has passed, Lolis is cutting his clothing apart and is making quilts for the family also. So far, I think she has delivered 3 of the ones she is working on. She is adding darker colors for the filler blocks. Again, we are using the quilts and not putting them away to sit for further generations."
Here's Ruth, wearing a vintage bonnet that belonged to one of her sisters - Mary Beth or Marjorie.. Ruth said this would mean the bonnet is a 1949 model or a 1952 model. She wore it because it was hat day at the guild, this one won the vintage category prize, of course.
Happy Mother's Day! I thought you might enjoy this story on this lovely day. Many thanks to Ruth for sharing her lovely project with all of us.