Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Stitch in Time

In the rush between the holidays, I took a few moments to remember a trip home this summer to Nebraska. My husband and I traveled by star ship - well that's what we call our smooth driving SUV with its elevated view. Throughout the trip there were little stitch surprises.

Mom pulled out a special box of old family quilt blocks made by Aunt Emma. Aunt Emma is long gone, but our memories of her quilting skills remain strong. Mom and I studied the blocks deciding on the best way to assemble them into a wall hanging or small quilt to be sold at our tri-annual family reunion.


At church the local Piecemakers worked on hand quilting Mary Luhr's stunning purple colourwash quilt. Mary quilts with precision. Perfect intersecting seams and every stitch properly placed. 



In Kearney, NE we finally stopped at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. How many times we have driven on I-80 under that archway, I don't know, but at last we had some time to explore this informative tribute to the pioneers traveling west.

Unexpectedly as we were exiting the tour this wonderful patriotic quilt hung above the escalator.  The stars and stripes border made the center star eagle soar.




Our final stop on this trip was having lunch with Rita Farro and her husband, John, in their Iowa home near the great Mississippi River.  No doubt Rita loves color... and fabric.  She covered one wall of the special room reserved for her grand daughter with bright and bold fabrics.  Sayings from t-shirts add even more attitude to the wall.


Rita also has a long hallway of cross-stitch treasures.  This was my favorite.  Whether a memory or present or in the future, our love for putting hand or machine needle and thread to fabric is timeless  . . . as a stitch in time. 

www.archway.org
www.ritafarro.com


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