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Friday, April 4, 2014

Feeling Nostalgic

Today, I've decided that I would hang up some of my trillium quilts in the house.  Each month, I hang new quilts in my living room; it gives my largest room a different look; I cycle through my quilts to limit their exposure to light and dust.  I have to say that I am enjoying living with my work so much more than in the past; I guess because I'm not producing as much work at this point in my life.
Sewn Together, original quilt by Ann Fahl  33 x 26 inches.
I happened to unroll a pile of smaller quilts, and out comes my quilt titled Sewn Together. This piece features a featherweight machine that was used by 3 generations of Harvey women.  The first was my Aunt Nelda Vibrans who first purchased the machine.  She grew up in Indiana and spent quite a bit of her life in Chicago. Nelda was the only fiber artist in my family; painting, knitting, sewing and making quilt tops.  Color was what she loved; the two of us used many of the same colors: blue, rose, red, turquoise and purple.
Nelda with her husband Frank Vibrans Sr. in about 1949. She was still sewing with the Featherweight.
Some time later, Nelda gave the machine to her niece Mary Edith Jones.  Mary Edith was a young mother that also liked to sew. Years later, when I was 12 years old, I visited her for a whole month, in Forsyth Georgia; my first time away from my family.  Mary Edith let me sew on this machine, the first time I had ever sat down at one in my life.  I have no idea what I stitched, but it started me down a path of a lifetime of sewing.
Mary Edith with Jasmine the dog in 2005 at age 84.
She exposed me to sewing, and I loved it.  My mother was a pianist who didn't like sewing.  I owe so much to these two women in my family.  They gave me the gift of sewing. This has given me so much creativity and the sense of accomplishment and purpose in my life. One never knows what little idea or craft might spark a child to the extent of changing their life. It certainly was a skill of a lifetime for me!

Teach someone to quilt.

Ann Fahl

7 comments:

JoyceT said...

My mother's name is Nelda. LAst November she celebrated her 100th birthday. She started me out on a treadle machine when I was about 6 years old , 57 years ago!

Rachel said...

Nicely stated. What a great legacy.

annieQ said...

To Joyce T. There aren't many Nelda's in this world, it was kind of a unique name.

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Hitimbr said...

Thank you for your life insites. It gives me a spark of my own memories... The women who influenced my sewing skills and many who sparked my desire to express feelings with fiber.

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Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
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Kellyo6 said...

Hi Ann
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you also. I have just come across your Dancing with Threads book, as a new quilter I just wanted to thank you for all the useful information inside those very inspiring pages. I am just about to embark on my first 12x12 art quilt and your book couldn't have arrived at a better time!!!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents!!