Created by Meg Wieboldt, Winthrop Harbor, IL
Title: The Story of Me
Theme: mmigration / Migration
Materials and techniques: Cloth, thread, vintage Mariner’s Compass quilt block. Techniques used were fabric fusing, and machine stitching. I used the center quilt block to represent the journey my ancestors made across the Atlantic Ocean to America from Europe. Red, white and blue threads were used to make wave patterns on the grey background fabric–this also represents crossing the ocean, as well as the colors in the American flag. The pictures were copied from my collection of family photographs, which were then printed on fabric, before being sewn to the panel background. The dark blue Stewart tartan trim represents a far-distant ancestor on my mother’s side, who was related to the Stewart clan.
About: My panel pays homage to my ancestors, who came to America to make a new life for themselves. I am the family genealogist and have been blessed with relatives who thought to keep track of who was related to whom. In doing research back in the late 1970’s, I discovered that my parents shared a common ancestor from the late 1600’s! My family’s story in America begins in the mid-1600’s, but is similar to families who come here today: settle, assimilate, move/migrate, if necessary, but always striving to find a better life.