Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 19

For the record, I have a very nice mother. She’s a quilter and a reader and is always pleasant to be around. I love my mother very much.

My mom, back in the 1970s, when we all were young.

Why mention this? Because in Friendship Album, 1933, mothers are a mixed bag. Bess’s mother is a shallow and mildly irritating, and Florence implies in an early chapter that she and her mother didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Emmeline never really knew her mother, and in this week’s episode, she’s starting to realize how she’s never fully recovered from that loss.

Speaking of mothers, in this episode we very briefly meet Dorothy’s mother! It just occurred to me that all sorts of members of Dorothy’s extended family show up in our story–her sister, Ruth, her nieces Lucy and Lettie, and now her mother, Martina. Dorothy, like Eula, learned to quilt from her mother (another thing they have in common!). Did Emmeline’s mother quilt? I don’t know. Something to think about!

Who are some famous mother-daughter quilting duos? The first one that comes to mind is Marianne and Mary Fons. Then there’s Sue and Ashley Nickels, Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher, Bonnie Olaveson and Camille Roskelley, Pam and Nicky Lintott, Jean and Valori Wells…

… are there any others you can think of?

Some mother-daughter quilting links:

Sue and Ashley Nickels

Mary and Marianne Fons

Jean and Valori Wells

Pam and Nicky Lintott

Here’s a fun Alex Anderson video on mother-daughter quilters you might enjoy:


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  1. Thanks Frances for a great listen…. I haunt your podcast feed every Friday looking for the episode to drop. Last night I went to sleep re-listening to new episode and the rest of the book. I also came to the realization you are a really good researcher as the links you posted for the mother daughter quilting duos were all new to me. Looking forward to the rest of this story and to the future books you write.

    1. Thanks so much, Nonnie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story! The girls on Twilters helped me come up with the list of Mother-Daughter quilters. There were several names I had never heard before!

  2. Thank you for giving us this wonderful gift! I love the cast of characters you’ve created. The stories could go on forever, hint, hint. For example, first there was the Dick Van Dyke Show, then Mary Tyler Moore, then Rhoda, then Phyllis . . .
    My mother used to tell me stories of Monday washing day. The competition among the neighbor women was fierce. In order to be the first to have it all hung out, they began the washing Sunday evening. Being number 12 of 13 children, there was a lot of laundry to be done. Her older sisters would take turns staying home from school on Mondays to help. Their high school teachers accommodated this arrangement and would send their assignments home with their brothers.

    1. What an amazing wash day story! I can’t imagine how much laundry 13 children would create!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story!

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