Oh it is a busy time of year! I hope you too are enjoying the myriad delights of the holiday season. I do more and more each year. I think it's because I value my family and my friendships, new and old, more deeply than I did when I was younger. I love giving gifts, cards, and coming together for parties and meditations for the new year.
Remembering Adelia" the first time I saw it. In glancing over it I saw that it was a book of small quilts with patterns and diary entries written by a young woman named Adelia, set in mid-19th century. I set it aside to read nearly a year ago. During a recent rain storm
I read the book. It's an easy cozy read in one sitting. The diary narrative of Adelia Thomas is real. She was a young woman living in the year 1861 in northern Illinois.
My eyes lit up and my jaw dropped by what I discovered!! I grew up and still have dear friends in the same towns Adelia writes about in her diary. There are also original photographs of the countryside, houses and people living there in the later part of that century.
It's unique for this to happen when I'm reading a quilt history book. These are not historically important places today or then. I was born in Minneapolis and raised in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago until I left for collage after high school and to live out west.
Adelia lived in the town of Woodstock, IL, which I have only visited a few times, but it is the other towns that she and her family visited frequently that were my stomping grounds and may be yours too: Des Plaines, Algonquin, Elgin, St. Charles, Chicago's Michigan Avenue and State Street, and Park Ridge, where she raised her own family years later. Oh the memories! Dear friends and family are still there and new memories are made there because of their children growing up in the same towns.
Although the year of diary entires is during the start of the Civil War as Adelia's male friends and family were leaving for military duty and there was change and sadness in her life, the book was a joy to read for me and I think you would also enjoy it if you like diaries of 19th century women who quilt!!
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