A few days ago, someone brought a quilt into the office that was made by his great-aunt. She made it in 1939 when she was 15 years old, living in the small town of Ajo, Arizona.
Fifteen years old!
She made it in honor of her high school football team, the Red Raiders.
It’s clearly been well-cared for and the workmanship is excellent, but it was the attention to detail that impressed me the most.
See for yourself:
All of the faces, shoelaces, names, and outlining is hand embroidery.
The only one who sported a number, this was the quilt maker’s brother.
Note the mustache!
Can’t leave out the ref and water boy.
I love how the ref is flipping a coin!
Oh dear. Checking his fly?
The Majorette is quite lovely, don’t you think?
We even get a twirling baton! (Nice boots!)
Aw, poor Russell got tackled.
The stars and tweeting bird… that’s priceless.
As we admired the quilt, several of us wondered if any 15-year-old today would be able (or willing) to make something like this. Rather doubt it.
But keep in mind, this was 1939. No T.V., internet, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter. Plus, she’s living in Ajo, Arizona. Have you ever been to Ajo?
However before we get too critical of our youth of today, how many of us are working on a project of this magnitude?
Maybe we should move to Ajo?
Sorry Ajo, I couldn’t resist. 😉