Edna's Patchwork Quilt
Miss Jeppson planned this patchwork quilt
As something to behold,
Portraying on the fifteen blocks
Fond memories in each fold.
A flower adorns each block you see
Eight petals bright and clean,
With stems and leaves attached to each
And names stitched in quite near.
Her boys and girls, grades one and two
Brought parts to her to use
Scraps of cloth from clothing worn
Whatever they would choose.
Each scrap of cloth was shaped to form
The petal of a flower,
Identified by names of course
The work took many an hour.
The effort starts in '24
And really never ceases,
For ten years pass before there were
One hundred twenty pieces.
Pajama tops and shirts and pants
Perhaps a sock or two
And pretty dresses, blouses, skirts
Most anything would do,
To call to mind some simple trait
The child had those first years
As she molds character with skill
And lays aside life's fears.
There's Archie Dale and Mary Lou
And Doniver and Phyllis,
Doretta Mae and Iva Dell,
LeRoy, Marie and Ellis.
Marjorie, Eugene and Lyle
Glen and Eleanor,
Milford, Glenice, Wayne and Bobby
Then Teddy-Now the Mayor.
There's Swansons, Johnsons,
Andersons, Ericsons, Gustafsons
Carlsons and Samuelsons,
Bensons, Wilsons, Nelsons and Hansons,
Pearsons, Thompsons and Ackersons.
But there was also-
Frenchs, Springers, Stubblefields, and Klings,
Koneckys, Fleishmanns and Sullivans,
Rezac, Grupe, Gartrel and Rand,
Nitz, Moline and Goeman.
More names of course are on the quilt
More than we can mention,
But each is treasured by itself
And each gets much attention.
The pieces gathered-names stitched in
The blocks were then complete,
One thing remained to still get done
The quilting must be neat.
Across the corner from her home
With room and quilting riggins,
Lived one who rated high in skill
A neighbor-Mrs. Higgins.
Twas she who with ability
Designed the paths of stitches,
Which with the blocks of flowers and names
Enhances and enriches.
The years have past, the children grew
And round the world have traveled,
The cherished quilt remains at home
The names remain unraveled.
Its use reserved for special times
For guests-yes-to be sure,
But those whose names adorns the quilt
Would feel its special lure.
A part of them is in this quilt
And in its' makers heart,
And as each conquers life, she knows
She helped provide the start.