Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fabric Diary

Some of my fabric scraps I throw into a wicker laundry basket and others I have "catalogued" by decade and stored in ziplocs. Sounds crazy, I know. So when I decided to make a quilt to celebrate the Millennium in 2000, I thought it would be a great way to use some of the fabrics in my collection. It took me seven months to make Fabric Diary.   

In 1999, I had repaired a quilt for a friend and really liked the design. I was so inspired that I decided to make a quilt that featured rows of 25-patch blocks with fabrics from different decades. The sashing is Millennium fabric which I purchased and the strips in the border are scraps from a quilt that I made for my daughter in 1995. 

The earliest fabrics are in the top row. They are ones that were given to me by a friend of my grandmother's when I was a sophomore in high school. Alice worked in the fabric department at Macy's in NYC and one day she dropped off a big box of samples because she knew I liked to sew. Now these fabrics are considered VINTAGE :) Oh, my!

 These '70s fabrics seem to multiply. I still have some, just in case.

The last block in the lower right has reproduction conversational prints and Millennium fabrics from my dear friend, Natalie Hart. We used to swap fabrics.

I'd been saving orphan blocks and rejects from other projects and decided to put them all together for the back of the quilt. It really is a conglomeration. Note the hanging sleeve at the bottom of the back. I sent the quilt out to be quilted and it was returned to me with the back on upside down.

I made this block at a workshop years ago. I never could figure out what to do with it.

And, here's a row of Album blocks that were totally rejected for another project.

There are fabrics in this quilt that will always remind me of the days when I was the family seamstress: a blouse or two I made for my mother; dresses, skirts, and tops for me, and coordinated outfits for my daughter.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

18th c. Ledger-style Gravestones and Epitaphs

The Hanover Presbyterian Church Burial Ground in E. Hanover, NJ, has some very interesting ledger-style gravestones dating to the late 1700s. Each is set on its own base and each contains an interesting epitaph.

In Memory of
Mrs. Katharine Eckley
who, by a sudden Accident
died August ye 18th A.D. 1772.
Anno AEtat 46.
To this sad Shrine the Reliques we commend,
Of once the tender Mother, Wife & Friend,
Too soon, alas those tender Tyes were broke,
Friends, Husband, Children, felt ye fatal Stroke:
Yet cease fond Grief--no murmring Sigh arise,
Heav'n struck ye Blow--and Heav'n is just & wise.
Think dying Passenger: Life's final Date
Steals on thee, heedless of impending Fate,
While Pleasure courts thee with her smiling Charms
Prepare to meet thy God--the Tomb alarms:

Man cometh forth like a flower and is cut down.
                                                      Job. 14. 2.

The incised signature in the lower right corner of the stone is that of Ebenezer Price, a prominent carver from Elizabethtown, NJ. 

Next to Katherine lies her husband, Thomas Eckley, Esq., and their daughter, Susannah who died in 1791. Katherine and Thomas had emigrated from London to East Hanover by 1767.  


In Memory of
Thomas Eckley Esqr
who departed this life
the 15th July 1793
AE 72
We shall not all sleep
We shall all be changed
Then shall be brought to
pass the saying that is written
Death is swallowed up in Victory.

Reverend Jacob Green was the pastor of the church from 1746 to 1796.

Under this stone are deposited the
remains of the Rev,d
Jacob Green A. M.
First Pastor of this Church; who
died May 24th 1790 Aged 68 Years
of which 44 were Spent in the
Gospel Ministry in this Place.
He was a man
Of temper even, firm and resolute;
Of affections temperate, steady,
And benevolent;
Of genius solid, inquisitive
And penetrating;
Of industry, active and unwearied;
Of learning, various and accurate;
Of manners, simple and reserved;
Of piety, humble, enlightened,
Fervent, eminent.
As a preacher he was
instructive, plain, searching, 
As a pastor, watchful
Laborious: ever intent
On some plan for the
Glory of God & the
Salvation of his flock.
And by the divine blessing
Happily & eminently

Captain Robert Troup gained a reputation during King George's War in the 1740s and later during the French and Indian War.  

Here lies Interr'd the Body 
of Capt Robert Troup
Who died Dec'br 28, 1760
aged 60 Years
Tho Boreas Blast & Neptunes Waves
Have cast me to & fro,
Yet in spite of all by Gods Decree
I anchor here below.
Where I do here at anchor ride
With many of our Fleet
Yet once again I must set sail
My Admiral Christ to meet. 

The Rev'd 
Mr. John Pierson 
died Aug. 23d 1770 
AEtat 81
Who was a Minister of the
Gospel about 57 Years.
He was an eminent Divine
An excellent Casuist;
A Faithful searching Preacher,
A devout steadfast christian,
An undaunted Reprover,
A peculiar Oeconomist,
Stern in his Behaviour,
Yet benevolent & kind.

He past the meny Scenes of Life,
Without a Blemish in his Character.

The Memory of the Just is Blessed.

Abigail Green was born c. 1750, married Hezekiah Broadwell when she was about 19 years old, and died at the age of 31.

  Her gravestone has floral and tree motifs as well as a soul effigy with folded wings in the shape of a heart.

Here lie's ye Body of Abi
gail Broadwell, Wife of 
Hezekiah Broadwell
who departed this Life 
July ye 18th A.D. 1781
Anno AEtat 31 & 4 Mon's.
Love to her God her Friends her Country shon
In her, who lies entombed beneath this stone
Go passenger like her your utmost try
To live to some good end for you must die.

At some point I hope to do another blog or two showing more early gravestones in this cemetery.