On Monday July 7th the collaborative Quilt got its finishing touches. We met to discuss what each of our squares mean to us and what the center of the quilt is meant to say. We also began talking about plans for a celebration for the hanging of our quilt. The hanging will happen sometime in late August or early September. There will be live music, tea and other refreshments and will be held at Congregation Ahabat Sholom. There will also be a showing of the quilt at The Front Porch's other site in Swampscott in August.
I would like to share with you a couple of the squares and explanations that were given about those squares...
"I am 'Queen Mother' of the Tower Girls Red Hat Society that came to be on my return to Lynn 2 years ago, to care for my mother. It is representative of having brought up my children on my own, now grown, making this 'my time.' As we learn in life, it is a cycle, you are cared for by your parents when you are a child, you grow and become independent. You have your own children to whom you devote your life, they grow, and for a few years you are on your own doing 'Your thing.' Then the tables turn and you care for your parents. All of this done in joy."
"My square shows the countries I've lived in and are part of who I am and my pride. I was born in Israel, of Italian descendance. Lived in Italy, now a citizen of the U.S.A. The citizenship was earned in PA - The hershey kisses, Fla. The Palm Trees, and Mass. - the ducklings.
To symbolize me, there is a big golden chef's hat, because I love being a cooking instructor. In my heart the most important thing is - Food (in english), Amore (love) to family and friends in Italian, and Aba (father) in hebrew."
Soon the whole quilt will be on view so everyone can see it! Thanks again to the Jewish Women's Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the North Shore who made this possible.