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March 28, 2009
My mother-in-law, Louise Cooper, who is now 91 years old, has been making quilt tops for years. I think she has one designated for each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who now together make up quite a group.
Out and About with Word and Image of Vermont
Louise made it clear from the beginning that this was not to be a sale, and though several visitors expressed interest in purchasing some of the tops, she held firm to her resolution. But she was tireless in greeting and talking to everyone who came, and stayed out among the quilts for hours entertaining her guests. Those of us who know her wouldn't have expected anything else.
She got the idea that it might be fun to show her quilts to the community round about Bowling Green, so several family members traveled to Florida recently to help her put the show together. The quilt tops were displayed out amongst her orange trees on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Quite a few people came by to see them, and the whole event turned out to be a pleasant success.
I don't guess you can say that quilts, by themselves, are evidence of a life well lived, but in Louise's case, the quilt show was a small demonstration that goes with all the rest to show that her life has been and continues to be a triumph.