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Subject: [GM-L] Fancypatch = patchwork quiltmaking
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 03:48:05 EDT
In a message dated 4/3/00 5:52:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< > Yes, "Fancypatch" reflects my love of patchwork quilt making! It
Hi, Jan.. Nice to see that someone else is also trying to balance
genealogy with quilt making. How long have you been doing each?
I've been quilting for almost 18 years, genealogy for about 2. >>
I started making quilts about 25 years ago. I've lost track of how many
I've made and given away. Right now, I have four "under construction." I go
from one to the other, as the whimsy suits me.
I guess I inherited my mother's interest in our family history. Some
years ago, she and her cousin paid a professional to research the family
pedigree back to all the immigrant ancestors who were collateral to our line
and who landed in Massachusetts right around 1635, or so. I listened
patiently to Mom's enthusiastic reports as each new detail was learned. I
was interested, but I had too much else going on in my life, just then, like
raising five kids & working full time, to actually do any more than just
listen to her & glance over the family group sheets she collected.
The changing point came, about six years ago, when I found out I could
"talk" to other people about genealogy, through the computer. There's been
no stopping me, since. So far, I've found, or been found by, about a hundred
cousins, of varying degree of closeness of relationship.
It was a thrill, last summer, to meet for the first time, face to face,
and spend a few days as a house guest, in Seattle, with my Cousin Alan. We
descend from a common immigrant ancestor, John Burrage, who came over in
1637. It felt like "instant family!"
I'm continueing to eagerly search for more kin!