I have been puttering around with so many odds and ends, trying to finish something! Well finally I can call this top complete and ready to be quilted! In fact I made two just alike. One is for our family reunion and one is for me! The family reunion this summer is for the descendants of Will and Carrie Payne of Mt. View, Alberta, Canada. Will was born in Cottesbrook, England in 1866. He went to Canada as a young man and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Carrie was born in Utah in 1875 and traveled with her family north to Alberta to settle just over the U.S. border in Mt. View. She and Will came together there and at the age of 19, she married him.They raised ten children in a cabin on a sheep ranch. I have no idea how many descendants there are of these two. Several hundred is probably a low estimate. My grandmother used to say that the good Lord must have loved them because he made so many of them!
This reunion is to bring us together to recall our history and our heritage and to honor those who paved the way with sweat. sacrifice and service. These were honorable hardworking people who set a standard that the rest of us are continually trying to live up to.
Making this small quilt has been a joy as I embroidered the names of this beloved family on each block. I know my grandmother would have loved this!
ADDENDUM: I got this pattern at the Corn Wagon in Springville, UT, 801-491-3551.The pattern is from Leslie Ison and Norma Whaley of Salt Lake City, UT.