This quilt is about aging. Beginning with a photo of me looking in the mirror at the age of 72, with no make-up, I made a spiral of ovals in graduated sizes, each containing a picture of me or one of my female ancestors. The ovals for each woman are arranged in chronological order. The earliest is a great-great-great grandmother who was born in 1791. Also included are two of my great-great grandmothers, all four of my great grandmothers, and both of my grandmothers. In several cases I have used pictures of these ancestors at more than one stage of their lives. I have included 14 photos of my mother, from her earliest baby picture in Elida, New Mexico in 1907 to the last picture taken of her on Christmas Day, 1994. Spiraling out of the mirror are 13 pictures of me as I have aged over time. The background vortex represents the normal cycles of life from one generation to the next.
The picture of my back is in natural colors. The picture in the mirror is tinted slightly toward sepia and all the other photos are in sepia tones, the original colors of many of the antique photos. The whole design was created in Corel Draw and was digitally printed by Spoonflower. It is quilted in shades of brown, beige, taupe, and ecru.
I feel very lucky to have all these pictures of my female ancestors. They were found in closets and attics when clearing out the homes of my parents and my oldest aunt. They included a box of tintypes, dating back to the mid-1800s.