the letters quilt 1996, 60" x 72"

The Letters Quilt 1996 The Letters 1996 60" x 72"
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The making of this quilt was inspired by a box of letters read in the winter of 1995.

The 37 letters, found in a 19th century Scituate home, were written between 1917 and 1918. The author was a young soldier from Braintree, Massachusetts named Joe. The recipient was his fiancée, Kitty, who lived in the adjacent town of Quincy, in a section called Atlantic.

Joe was killed in the summer of 1918 six months before the end of World War I. Kitty never married and died in Scituate in 1979.

The use of photo transfer in this quilt allowed actual letters and photocopied images of the war to be depicted. Using the flag as a design element gives the quilt movement and enforces the patriotic sentiments which embodied all of Joe's letters. This quilt took over a year and a half to complete and has embroidery embellishments.

This quilt won first place in the Amateur Wallhanging Category at the AQS Show in 1997. It also won other ribbons in various shows including the MAQS in Williamsburg, VA. 1998, New England Images 1998 and Westford Quilt Show 1997.