|Have you heard of Quilter’s SOS- Save Our Stories?
Quilter’s SOS is a part of the non- profit organization,
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993
Pretty powerful mission
Mark Dunn, president of Moda fabrics is on the executive
|photo courtesy of Quilt Alliance|
you know how hard that is?
was part of a friendship swap that I had
with my sister,
The quilt patten is a double Irish Chain and the only rule in the swap was we all had to use the same pink solid as the background. Each of us chose a different fabric to use as our setting fabric. As shown above, Angie choose a romantic floral by Concord fabrics. Those of you that have been quilting for over 25 years are sure to have owned a piece of this fabric.
Why did it take me so long to finish the quilt top? I would like to say that Angie’s boys were 6, 4 and 2 at the time so they probably were not interested in a pink floral quilt. Maybe it was to painful to work on, I don’t really know.
Kadence with the quilt. I think my sister would be thrilled
to know that her granddaughter owned
something she had made.
A few months later, Kirk sent me a picture he had found of Angie actually piecing this quilt top. Of course you can barely see the quilt pieces on that colorful bedspread.(so 80’s)
I will treasure the picture as it completes the circle on my Quilter’s S.O.S.
Alliance—that quilts and quiltmakers are an important part of American history
and deserve to be documented, preserved and shared in a permanent archive—please
become an Alliance member. Membership information can be found on their
Thank you to Quilt Alliance-Alliance of American Quilts for letting me permanently document my story for future generations.
It's wonderful that you were able to document the story behind Angie's quilt. So many stories are lost in time. Kadence now has a special connection to her grandmother – and to her very special Aunt Lissa!
how special, what a wonderful story. I am sure this quilt will be treasured by Kadence for many years.
thanks for sharing the story with us
So sorry that you lost your sister so early in your lives. I love that you have such a wonderful story with this quilt and the pictures – heartwarming!
Wow! I love this story. The story of your quilt is beautiful, and it is exactly the sort of story that should be preserved. The quilts you make are your voice, your art, and the story of your life – the celebrations, the bonds and the losses. The Alliance is an outstanding idea and organization, and thank you to you, Barbara and Mark Dunn for supporting and promoting it.
As for the fabric… I remember when Cranston and V.I.P. was considered really "good stuff". Oh my… do I ever feel really old.
What a wonderful, wonderful story filled with lovely memories! The quilt is beautiful and what a lovely gift for your sister's son and his family.
I'm going to go check out Quilter's Alliance right now!
P.S. I think I might still have a bit of that fabric in my scrap bin. 😀
Such a warm loving way to remember your sister….she will never be forgotten now.
Thanks for sharing, Gail
Thank You for your story. It is indeed one that has a complete circle in a quilter's life.
Great story Lissa!
Lisa, thank you so much for sharing your interview and the work of the Quilt Alliance here on your blog. I did your interview and I promised not to make you cry that day. But now you've made me cry. What you've said here is at the very heart of why we do what we do–document, preserve, share. Because telling this story, writing it down, putting it somewhere safe and sharing it with others is validating and valuable in so many ways. Kirk and his family have a priceless treasure, you have again honored Angie's life and the world now has a snapshot of both of your lives that go beyond the history of quilting. Thank you so much, Lisa. I am proud and honored to have interviewed you. Best, Amy Milne
YAY!!!!! Congrats on your Q.S.O.S Lissa!!! Mine was just posted recently to eh QA site… Fun story you have… Love it! How special to have a picture of her making it!!!
Lissa, I loved reading your story and seeing the pictures. How wonderful to have your sister's quilt in her granddaughter's arms. The legacy is what draws me to quilting and why I do in the industry. And that fabric, I owned that fabric, only with the beige background. It made it into quilts and into a dress.
Thanks for this Lissa! The way you've always helped to keep Angie's spirit alive beyond her time on this earth means more to me than you'll ever know!
All of these quilts are looking mind blowing thanks for the effort which you made for us.
What a beautiful story, thank you. It makes me teary when you write about your sister's granddaughter having a quilt she made. A wonderful way to leave something behind and keep memories alive.