This North Carolina Lily Quilt was made by Susanna Cannon Dunmire (my great-great grandmother) for her daughter Caroline Dunmire Lynch (my great-grandmother). The original colors were turkey red, cheddar, and green with an unbleached muslin background. The green for the binding as well as the stems and leaves of the flowers has now faded to tan.
Caroline Dunmire married James Lynch on March 3, 1880. This quilt was made sometime in the 1870's as a wedding quilt for her.
|James and Caroline Lynch Wedding Photo|
Autumn sunshine dapples the floorboards
of an old clapboard home once filled with family.
Heaped in a darkened corner, discarded
and tattered with age, my grandmother's
quilt awaits a new beginning.
Made of her life and love,
softened from generations of use,
the faded, musty fabric
holds memories inside the seams.
Strong, stoic stitches from her hand
now pull apart, fragile from passing time.
Ready to lend warmth, the quilt
surrounded my father, her firstborn,
gave comfort to other children
absorbed their innocent tears
provided lullabies and loving wisdom
never disappointed, never let down,
always faithful, forever near.
In the shadows of a golden afternoon,
while I drink tea precisely at three,
colored leaves fall from the oak tree outside,
while a whispering wind weaves the story
of simpler times and quieter days
like quilting stitches within the branches.
by Anna Blake Godbout
This poem comes from Anna's book Journey On: Beauty and Grit Along the Way. It's available at Covered Treasures Bookstore.
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