A quilt can be hand sewn or it can be sewn on a machine. Some of my quilts were hand sewn. There is a cotton backing and usually the material is new. It can be old clothes that are cut up into squares. The squares can be small as one inch or big as you want, just so you can sew them together. Some people meet together to quilt around a frame.
I received a hand sewn quilt every Christmas from my mother-in-law, Mom Craft. My mother-in-law was a marvelous designer, and now I have the memory of her with me and I can pass these on to my son. The quilts remind me of an art experience. She chose many colors and coordinated them into one happy theme.
One in particular was the first Mom C gave me. It was a wedding gift after we had been married one year. It was hand embroidered designs in green thick threads on a crisp white background. The piece is forty years old now, but I treasure it. The top has worn through the years, there are places where the threads have disappeared, and there are holes in these ragged areas. The quilt was hand sewn; it looks tattered from age, but I don’t intend to throw this treasure. I have it carefully folded, on a shelf in a closet. Sometimes I take it out, spread it in front of me, and hug it.
After her death in February 1998 we visited with the family at Christmas time. I remember watching close by as my sister-in-law reached into her closet, high on the top shelf, and gave me a quilt that Mom had saved for the next Christmas. It was the most beautiful one of them all: it had a beautiful scalloped border. I’m glad I kept asking for a quilt for Christmas. Now I have a treasure I share with my family.