Letter: In Fact, Grannie’s Quilt Was True Art

To the Editor:

This is in reference to Sonja Hakala’s April 19 letter, “Check Out the Quilt Show.”

I am an 80-year-old mother of two daughters who love quilting and who do beautiful work. I was never interested, except as a spectator.

As one who didn’t like Hakala’s disparaging references to “grannie’s nine-patch” or “tired squares of dull fabric sewn together,” I would like to tell about a quilt I received as a wedding present from my grandmother.

She had made the quilt many years ago using old fabric — not dull squares or patches. The pieces were of different sizes and shapes to use the best of the fabric. Everything was handstitched, including the fancy stitching in bright colors in the middle of the quilt.

To me this was “true art.” She had a family of 11 living children, so it seems unreal she did so much with so little; the rest of the cloth was used to make hook rugs using burlap bags. Again, you can see the imagination she used in the blending of the colors.

I guess the “grannies” of that time were the real green people — they sure knew how to recycle.

Suzanne Woodard



Letter: Check Out the Quilt Show

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

To the Editor: I got a kick out of seeing that the Upper Valley has joined the trendier side of the traditional arts field by covering one of the apple trees in Colburn Park with yarn. And Valley News staff writer Liz Sauchelli’s story about finding a social life through knitting (“Stitching a Community,” April 8) prompted me to tell …