The Cottage Journal 11.05.2021

The sampler quilts are finished! I didn’t name them until I chose the background and sashing fabrics for each – then everything seemed to fall into place. They are my Jesus and Mary quilts.

My father-in-law was a devout Catholic – he didn’t talk about his faith much – but he lived it every day. When he passed, we found two ceramic busts of Jesus and Mary in his belongings. He made them in 1960 while in the Air Force and stationed in Guam on temporary duty. They now grace our bedroom dresser. As these quilts began to “reveal” themselves to me, I kept seeing Jesus in the rich and deep reds, and Mary in the blues and creams, and I thought of Don Smith and of Jesus and Mary who watch over us.

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