I have boxes of old family photographs that bring back memories every time I look at them. But the women in my family preserved the family history with different materials. They sewed, knitted, crocheted, tatted, and quilted.
In my living room an afghan my maternal grandmother Emma crocheted is draped over a chair. Over another chair is a patchwork quilt my paternal grandmother Mattia pieced together from her bag of fabric scraps collected over the years. My mother Rosemary, who is still living, was a marvelous seamstress and I treasure her Singer Slant-O-Matic from the early ’60′s. Clothes she made for me still hang in my closet, and I have scads of towels and aprons she embroidered.
My mother-in-law Vicky, who died earlier this month, was also an accomplished seamstress. She made beautiful jackets for a few lucky women in the family (including me) from vintage velvet, lace, and her stash of fabric scraps. I wear mine on special occasions. I was fortunate to have inherited her sewing machine. I will remember her every time I use it.
Here are some pictures.