Hanging in my Mom and Dad’s house is a quilt that my Mom’s Mother made. She created this quilt when she was a young woman, I believe in high school. The quilt has one square for every state in the U.S. In each square she embroidered the state bird.
Here is a picture of the quilt and a few photos of squares up close. It is surprising to me that several states have the same state bird.
I love that we have family history like this. A beautiful, physical remnant of those who lived before us. My grandmother was a crafter, and this was one thing we really connected on. She made me a quilt when I was a child, and she made our family several afghans. She was also a canner and a homemaker.
Although we lived far away from each other, I felt lucky to get to know her better as an adult. We became regular pen pals and grew closer. I am grateful that I was able to visit her several times in the last few years of her life.
Here are two photos of her. She passed away last spring.