Show and Tell: Suzanne Patchell

Our February speaker, Rita Solkin, invited members to bring antique and vintage quilts of their own to share. If you brought a quilt and have a photo, please share your quilt’s story with us.


Suzanne Patchell (left), speaker Rita Solkin, and Anita Jones-GoulSuzanne Patchell

This quilt was made by a distant relative, by marriage. I believe that she was born in the late 1800’s and lived well into her 90’s. When I met her she was probably in her 70’s but no one in the family knew for sure since she would never divulge her actual birth date. My recollection of her was of a woman ahead of her time—tall, snow white pageboy hairstyle, stylish, brightly coloured clothes and great chunky, costume jewelry. I think the quilt was probably made in the 1940’s from fabric from her dresses and other clothing—no doubt a measure of frugality but also a way to continue to enjoy the bright colours she loved. Even though there is some deterioration in some of the fabric, I am hoping that it will not just be discarded and can find a good home with a grandchild or great grandchild who will value the family significance.