Jesus Sampler Quilt by Katie Longsmith, 2021 / Size: 75″ x 94″ / 1800’s reproduction fabrics / Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt blocks / feather and leaf quilting design
Mary Sampler Quilt by Katie Longsmith, 2021 / Size: 77″ x 96″ / 1800’s reproduction fabrics / Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt blocks / pinwheel feather quilting design
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 these 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.