After I composed the post about my Wealth quilt, the idea came to me that my next post should be about how everyone else interpreted the theme so I was pleased to see a comment expressing an interest in seeing the other quilts. The gracious husband photographer had not entered the scene at this early stage. Therefore this post contains a mixture of his catch-up photos and some which were taken at our poorly lit meeting room. Unfortunately I put off writing about this new (to me) experience for over four months so I don’t trust my memory to tell the complete stories. For the most part, the photos will have to speak for themselves. If I managed to collect a written story, it is included.
Three members focused on books and knowledge. You can tell Diane was an art quilter (a very patient one) before joining this group. And we decided she may own stock in the company that makes the alphabet beads.
Vicki filled her quilt with favorite books and even enclosed some tiny printed quotes in the two charms. Her handwriting is beautiful but to me, her bravery is what stands out for attempting that large volume of writing in permanent ink.
Melinda provided the inspiration (and perhaps autobiographical comment) for her quilt by including a quote on her label–“She is too fond of reading and it has addled her brain” Louisa May Alcott.
Linda incorporated multiple definitions of wealth (similar to my thinking but more expansive) and added her thought processes to the back of the quilt. I have cropped her full name in the interest of privacy.
Kathy provided the story of her quilt as follows: The name of my wealth quilt is “A Piece of Cheese, A Piece of Eight and A Great Piece of Real Estate”. The cheese represents when I was first married and money was tight. Even a box of Velveeta seemed out of reach. The piece of eight is from the Atocha shipwreck from when we lived in the Keys and was a Christmas present from my husband. Later on, we traveled to New York to see all the sights and rode the carriage through Central Park. The carriage driver showed us the penthouses of the rich and famous. So the quilt is based on relationships including when I first visited the guild. I was amazed that there was so many people like me. And, now this journey has led me to the 12 x 12 group. So real wealth to me is all the great relationships you are blessed with in your lifetime.
Jean got a laugh when she made sure to tell us she was not a Socialist before divulging the complimentary titles of the front and back of her quilt–“The One Percent” and “The Rest of Us.” Also noted, the brown swatches on the back represent the 15% who live below the poverty line.
Sharyn represented the bountiful harvest shared by friends and neighbors from a tree planted by her late husband a year before he died. Although he regarded working outdoors as a denial of why he went to college he babied that tree, wrapping it in a heated blanket during cold snaps. The lemons are the tiniest yo-yos I have ever seen!
Margaret revealed the back of her quilt first and said she decided to keep it simple. Of course, we knew that was not her style. The complex front depicts the wealth of our nation.
Bonnie used sashiko to showcase the theme. The Japanese character in the center translates as wealth and abundance.
Mary Ann’s idea of wealth centers around family and friends. While I hesitated to share someone else’s family photos, she assured me it was OK. The bottom left of the photo shows a quilt project that involved Mary Ann and four of her guild friends. They all chose a block and each person had to make all 5 blocks into their own quilt. Mary Ann won a 3rd Place ribbon for her quilt she named “Friendship Times Five.”