Memorial Day


We used to call it Decoration Day
A day to decorate the cemetery
With tea roses snipped from Grandma’s trellis;
To decorate old soldiers’ uniforms
With medals glistening in the sun;
To decorate kids’ bikes and wagons
With red, white and blue crepe paper;
To decorate front porch railings
With a gently furling flag;
To decorate outdoor picnic tables
With fried chicken and baked beans;
To decorate winter-weary lives
With the first holiday of summer.

Lillian, 1997

The design for the mini-quilt is adapted from a World War II era bridge tally card and fuse-appliqued.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Memorial Day”

  1. Very nice, Lillian. You certainly have a knack for adapting designs for applique. Perfect for you mini stand. Enjoy the rest of your long week-end.

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