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Graduation Gift

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Esther Willden tells the story of her High School Graduation gift.

The Graduation Gift   Among the gifts that I received for my high school graduation was a most unusual one.  It was from my Great Aunt Cecilia, fondly called AAunt Ceil@.   It was during the depression and money was scarce for gifts, but that didn=t bother Aunt Ceil.  She was one of those people who saved every scrap for a rainy day.   For me she gathered into a box lovely odd bits of silk, plush velvet, and satin, and other pieces beautiful in texture, and color.  With this gift she introduced me to the intricacies of the crazy patch.  Under the guidance of her skillful hands; I cut, fit, and stitched each patch into the haphazard design of the crazy patch quilt top.    It seemed my fingers had been waiting for just such a project.  My mother bought skeins of black floss, and I busily embroidered the herringbone, scroll or the feather stitch, between each patch of silk to frame it.  She found a bargain of dainty pink rayon fabric for the quilt lining, and we tied the quilt with the black floss.   In the box were many strips of black silk crepe.  These I stitched together and bound the quilt, tucking in extra cotton to make a puffy rolled binding.   How exquisite a quilt_  It was the treasure of my hope chest, and though I have since fashioned many lovely quilts; my first was my inspiration.  What lovelier gift could any girl receive on her graduation day?   Esther Everett

Owner/Source  Ruth Ann Jespersen 
Linked to  Esther Corilla WILLDEN 

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