I figured I wasn’t going to have time to make a quilt alongside all the prep I was doing for the exhibit and lecturing and traveling, but then an idea did just pop into my head…. you know how it goes.... and it wasn’t a terribly difficult idea…..
So I made a tiny 3-block version of the Melrose quilt, inscribed with the names on my own family tree. It was small, easy to piece, and tied, and I did indeed get it finished and submitted in time. I even managed to find a red on cream polka dot fabric for the back, just like on the original!
The center block has myself and my husband in the middle, our two children on the sides, and my father and mother at top and bottom.
The top block connects to my father's name. His brother is at the bottom, and their parents, my grandparents, are in the center. My great-grandparents are on the left and top. On the right my grandmother's siblings are memorialized, all but one of whom were killed, as were my grandparents, in the Holocaust.