Monday, August 03, 2015

A Quilt of My Parents - Ruthie and Ned McKenna

My quilt guild, Thimble Pleasures in Mendon, MA, holds a challenge every year with the reveal in July. This year the theme was Heritage, which was perfect for I had been wanting to make this quilt for about 5 years. 


Ruthie and Ned
20x30


I printed the heads on fabric first, I just knew I couldn't replicate them well enough.

My parents had a bad marriage and it ended in 1970. They both suffer(ed) from mental illness and it was tough growing up in it. My father was an alcoholic, he  left when I was 5 and my mother moved out with a boyfriend when I was 16. I'm not quite sure how I feel about them. There's of course love for my parents and I know there were happy moments. This quilt allowed me to think about them, their struggles. 
I made peace with them in making it. It's about time - I'll be 50 in December!


I pieced most of the background and then did appliqué using @Mistyfuse
I love what my parents are wearing, they had style. The back of the photo says it was taken on Easter in 1959.