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Pat Ehrenberg

This is the text of Pat Ehrenberg talking about how quilts can tell stories, recorded June 24, 1998 in Washington, D.C. 

Signature, Detail of Quilt by Pat Ehrenberg. Photo by Anne Pryor.This is a piece that I made for my mom and dad for their anniversary. And itís kind of like a family treeóactually, way down on the bottom level here, these two figures are my parents and then their wedding date is in the middle. And then to this side, is my motherís parents, which would be my grandparents, their names and their birth dates. And then the opposite side over there is my other set of grandparents.

And then the next row up here is myself and my brothers and sisters. I come from a family of six children. So this is our names and our birthdates.

Children, Detail of Quilt by Pat Ehrenberg. Photo by Anne Pryor.

Grandchildren, Detail of Quilt by Pat Ehrenberg. Photo by Anne Pryor.And then the top part of the quilt here is actually our children, kind of according to family. Each of the kids had a, I picked a different fabric for each of them and a different quilting design in the hearts, with their names and their birthdates on them.

So, actually when my children are looking at this, this is their great-grandparents, and grandparents, their aunts and uncles and their cousins. So itís kind of like a family tree thing. And this is also one of my very favorite pieces because it was made for my parentsí anniversary and my mom hangs it in her living room. And it's just, itís a nice documentation of our family.

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