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  • Writer's pictureSuzanne Munroe

Fabric Concertina Book - A Hand Stitched Story

My goal was to showcase what remains of a quilt that my Nana made for me over 50 years ago and I thought a concertina fabric book was the perfect way to tell a story with pieces of a quilt that she actually picked out the fabric for, and quilted by hand. It still makes me smile thinking that I was touching the same fabric that she did many years ago.

I know that a bag of scraps would not mean anything to anyone, and figured a bag of fabric may get tossed, but a book may be saved thru the years, and hopefully treasured!

I was inspired by a lesson with Mandy Pattullo on, and her beautiful work. I decided with my book, I would put a time line of my Great Grandmothers journey thru the years, with dates and places to document time. Preserve the fabric and tell a story!

Nana was born Philicience Bonnevie in 1890 in Cape Pele Canada, moved to Lynn MA in 1907, married in 1913. I learned how to sew from her and her sister Christine Bonnevie, who are both pictured on the cover of the book. Christine worked as a seamstress in Lynn - and was a very talented finisher.

Nana passed away at the age of 93 on March 17, 1983, Lynn MA. One of the great joys of making these projects is getting to think of her, her life, and my relationship with her.

A hand written, hand stitched bit of history story book.

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