It’s a source of great pleasure to me that even now, four years after my novel The Forgotten Seamstress was published, quilters all over the world are still beavering away making the quilt from the pattern devised by Lynne Edwards, based on my story about a fictional quilter, Maria.
This one has come from Mel Terpstra in the US.
She writes: ‘I have read The Forgotten Seamstress twice and loved every bit of it! I am myself a seamstress and quilter. I have made the quilt and for me it was a labour of love and healing after a difficult time in my life. I incorporated my mom’s and grandmother’s vintage hankies and some pieces of bobbin lace my mother-in-law made. Although you can’t tell from the photo, there are bits of bobbin lace on the small half moon shapes in the fan blocks as well as the medallion in the center.’
‘Of all the quilts I have made, it is my pride and joy.’
Thank you, Mel, for your lovely quilt and moving words.
You can view more interpretations of Maria’s Quilt here.