Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

100 Years!!

My mother, Lois Frances Langston was born on July 25, 1923!!….

She grew up during the Great Depression, and lived thru World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

She passed away in 2017, at the age of 94.

I have been thinking a lot about her this week because it would have been her 100th birthday!!

Photo by Brooke Lark

She was a worker. She seldom sat unless it was to work on some handwork!!

SHE is the reason that I am a creator!!!

She made her first quilt at age 11…..

…. a basic 9-patch using fabrics from her baby brother’s “layette”.

She continued making quilts but ran out of time when she started working full-time (or when she had me…..the jury is still out on what the actual cause was).

Early in my life, she did Crewel Embroidery, sewed clothes, and upholstered furniture.

Then in 1972, she got re-interested in quilting (thru the Bicentennial) and she never looked back.

She made quilts for many of my female cousins, made countless baby quilts, and left me with a plethora of gorgeous quilts when she closed up her house!!

We had the joy of working on three quilts together after I jumped into the art.

On these first two, she did the applique and I did the piecing and quilting…..

….and for this Christmas Collaboration, she also did the hand quilting…..

These are special memories for me!

So today I celebrate my Mom…..

…and the creative legacy that she left for me!!!

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10 thoughts on “100 Years!!

  1. What treasures. I especially love the Christmas quilt it is good to look back and see what richness you were given by your mom.

  2. It is a wonderful memory of your mom being happy in her creativity and thanks for sharing. My birthday is July 25th too. My mom didn’t quilt but my first quilt went to her and she thought I was the BEST quilter..nothing like the pride of a mom!

    1. Well, Happy Birthday Terri!!! Both my Mom and my Dad were so proud of my quilting. It was fun to see their eyes light up when I showed them a new project!!

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