Families Are Forever
Jan K. Bowers
46" x 39”
My family is the best gift my heavenly father could have
given me, next to my own life. As I pondered what should
be in my quilt, I knew it had to be about my family, and
just a few of the important happenings in our lives. The
grandparents, my parents, my husband and his family, our
children, and siblings. Each leaf on a family tree would
become a member.
As it began to unfold it became representative of things
around me in my life. The flowers, not just because I
love them, but my mother was a horticulturist. The flag
and its meaning, representing not just my husband, but
also my father and father-in-law. Each fallen leaf a
spirit of a family member passed on. The cabin, water,
and mountains representing our home in the woods and the
love of nature we both possess.
The quilt can be added to as years go by, adding names
to leaves as our family grows and new spirits as our
family leaves. I enjoyed doing this project and was
gladdened by the memories I had thought I had forgotten.
A personal note from the quilter:
I have been quilting with my mother since I’ve been
about ten years old. Starting with scrap quilts and
patchwork, trying to improve as I grew in the love of
the art. I find quilting relaxing and very therapeutic.
I feel blessed that my mother took the time to teach me
as a child.