Three generations of quilters - my grandma Stella Holl Myers, her mother, and her grandmother. The patches, in those days,
were pieced by hand - little, tiny, even stitches. The patterns were carefully cut from
salvaged cardboard by husbands with
penknives in hand (deliberately preserving images like poems and flowers), and were prized possessions at the local church
quilting bee. In order to preserve these treasures, I hand-stitched all the pieces carefully to an archival background.
The only thing needing a dab of silicone was the metal thimble. Even the photograph is stiched, after being mounted and framed
with an archival backing so as to preserve the integrity of the patch underneath. And love the wooden spools!
My paternal grandparents were Old Order Brethren, frugal and meticulous savers. When my grandmother Mabel Hengst Hollinger
passed on, we found among her things four pocket watches that no longer worked, two pairs of glasses, several Bibles, and a
and a few carefully maintained coverings which she continued to wear all her life. She used to have a business stitching and
selling these, afterall.
The back and sides of shadowbox are crafted of suede, archival matboard. The covering is stitched by hand
with cotton thread, the glasses, watch, rose, and Testament are
mounted with silicone. Rose petals were deliberately left loose
bottom of the box, as my grandfather enjoyed his rose gardens after retiring from the farm.