In 2003, Karey Bresenhan began a 3 year project to honor the memory of her mother, Jewel Patterson, in conjunction with the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas. I Remember Mama: The Hand that Rocked the Cradle began the project, the following year I Remember Mama: My Mother, My Family and Me was shown, both to great aclaim. The final year, 2005, I Remember Mama was open to international competition.
My mother died the first year of the project and I wasn't ready to work on any piece but by the third year I felt ready to take it on. I remembered finding an old pamphlet at my mother's house that gave instructions for her new wringer washer, published in 1930. It had a wonderful picture on the cover that became the inspiration for Monday Morning 1955 . It evoked so many warm feelings and memories of helping mom hang out wash in the backyard . I entered the quilt and was surprised and delighted when it was accepted.
It wasn't until I got a call from Karey Bresenhan that I had won second place that I realized it was a competition! Imagine my surprise... It was a big thrill for me to go to Houston and bask in a little bit of limelight, track the quilt's journey around the world in various exhibits, and two years later, welcome it home. It's hanging in my living room.