My Heritage

2001. Machine pieced; hand appliqued; embroidered; hand quilted. 33 inches square.

This quilt celebrates my Slovak heritage and the needlework tradition of my ancestors.

The blue-and-white background fabric was created in a batik workshop in Moravia.
The embroidered ribbons are from shops in various parts of Slovakia.

Crest of the town of
Brezova pod Bradlom
Crest of the town of
Banovce nad Bebravou
Crest of the town of

Net embroidery by my
maternal grandmother;
hardanger by my mother
Crocheted doily by my
paternal grandmother
Tambour work by
Marta Rybar of Detva
Needle lace by
a Prague cousin;
bobbin lace butterfly
by an unknown Slovak lacemaker

The quilt was exhibited in Pittsburgh, PA, at the 2001 conference of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International.

A photo of the quilt appeared in the September 2003 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

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