When my mother died in 1993, I inherited a large bag of her everyday dresses because I am about the same size she was. After the dresses sat here for 15 years, I knew I would never wear all of them because I have enough everyday dresses of my own. With my frugal German genes (inherited from Mom) I hated to throw the dresses away, so I decided to cut them into patches and make a pillowtop for each of Mom's daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. To do that, I needed to make 14. Piecing quilt patches is out of my league so my sister-in-law did that part. I've been quilting the tops "in between" other things this winter with the goal of having them finished by our Burkholder dinner at Easter.
The plain pink was the color of the uniforms Mom wore to work in the laundry of a motel, the red is from a dress Daddy bought for her . . . Every patch reminds me of Mom and brings back precious memories. I think she would approve of her dresses being used this way. And it's a good feeling for me to see this project finally being finished.