Not too far
Posted by Amy on November 17, 1997 at 13:27:56:
In response to For Amy, written by Mary Collette on November 12, 1997 at 10:56:45
Mary, sorry it took me so long to answer.
] read your reply to Tilde's post on tatting and your men-
] tioning that your grandmother was from the Michigan farm-
] lands.Which Michigan farmlands?As you know I am not ashamed
] to say that I was born and raised in Kalamazoo but my Mother
] was born and raised in a very tiny farming community about
] twenty or twenty-five miles north of Lansing called West-
] phalia.So all my connections on that side of my family are
] in either:Lansing,Portland,Fowler,St.Johns,and the homestead
] Westphalia.In my godmother,my mother's sister-in-law,my aunt
] Adeline lives across the road and down the road from the homestead.Post back and let me know where your grandmother
] was from.
I can't quite place Westphalia, but the furthest north familiar place is St. Johns, which is not too awfully far from where my grandparents lived in Centeral Michigan -- maybe about the distance from Longbourn to Hunsford? I grew up in Mt. Pleasant and both sets of grandparents lived on farms about 15 miles southwest of their around a little village called Winn. I think all the ladies of my grandmother's acquaintance did the little needlework we talk about, like tatting, though not the fancier stuff the Regency ladies did for show, like embroidering seat cushions. My grandma made quilts for the family and for her church to sell. I still have just one of the hand-quilted ones, a wonder of teeny hand stitches. She went to tying quilts as her eyesight deteriorated.
(Love the way you always sign off "Thanks lots." So sweet. Your trademark. )
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