84 x 104
After making several traditional album blocks from patterns by Elly Sienkievicz, Nancy Pearson, and Pat Andreatta, I began designing my own blocks to commemorate important events in my life:
–My church and a favorite scripture (“And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8) for my religious heritage
–Texas state seal for my native state
–Great Seal to acknowledge my love for my country
–Ship block representing the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage
–Magnolia logo to commemorate the formation and my presidency of the Mississippi Quilt Association
–Double Happiness symbol to celebrate the love for special Chinese friends
–Cotton Boll for my beloved adopted state of Mississippi
Some of the blocks patterned after antique quilts took on special meaning as they reminded me of my father’s love of roses, my mother’s love of teapots and flowers, my daughter’s love of birds and singing, my son’s precious family, and the heart blocks for the love of a dedicated husband.
The quilt won viewers’ choice in Hattiesburg’s Pine Belt Quilters show, first place and viewers’ choice in Gulf States Quilting Association’s New Orleans show, and was juried into AQS in Paducah and IQA in Houston in 1995, and C&T’s Baltimore Album Revival Quilt contest in 1998. It is pictured in Lucy Fazely’s book, Quilt Style, and Mary Elizabeth Johnson’s Mississippi Quilts.
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Detail – Original design, Great Seal to acknowledge my love for my country
Detail Original design, Double Happiness symbol to celebrate the love for special Chinese friends
Detail Elly Sienkievicz design