Maude Tucker, circa mid-1960's
My paternal grandmother, Maude Tucker, was the town seamstress and a gifted quilt-maker.
She lived most of her life in and near the small town of Smith Center, Kansas. She raised 5 kids and worked hard as a farm wife until she and my grandfather moved into town after he retired.
Although I was too young to appreciate it, I remember that there was always a quilt in a frame in one of the upstairs bedrooms. My grandmother made all of the clothes my sister and I wore.
She frequently chided me that I "needed to use more color"! If only she could see me now....
This is a rare photo of my grandmother using her sewing machine to work on a quilt. I found this old photo recently and decided to scan it into my computer.
I think about my connection to my grandmother through our mutual love of textiles and quilting. She has been gone for over 20 years, but I like to think that she would be pleased about how much I love quilt-making, and how I treasure her old, wild, double-knit quilt.