Monday, August 3, 2009

Piecing Place

(Shaw's writing hut & Thoreau's cabin on Walden)

"And my mother would quilt. Start quilting with the flour sack quilts. . . . I was around fourteen when I first started sewing. My mother started me out to mending my bothers' socks and then I started piecing quilts. And the first quilt I ever pieced and quilted was the String Quilt. I made around sixteen quilts of my own. When I got married around nineteen I had my own quilts. But my aunt, she give me a quilt--beautiful, fancy quilts. When I got married I didn't have to ask for no cover."

(Nora Lee Condra, "Quilts in Women's Lives," 1981)

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