The apron had always been in Jackie’s mother’s linen closet and she thought it was a shower or wedding gift. It wasn’t until she saw the note that I found that Jackie understood the history of the apron.
Jackie’s Grandmother came to Minnesota from Sweden with her family when she was 9 years old. Her father wrote about the twelve day boat trip in his diary and about the good soil and big trees they saw on their way by train from Chicago to Minnesota. They spent their first winter with a couple of other families (eleven people total) in a one room log cabin.
It was Christine later known as R.A. Peterson who made the apron. Long enough to be cut down and still be long enough to cover someones knees. Jackie’s great grandmother must have made it in the early 1900’s, to wear over a floor length skirt. The embroidery on the apron is the type popular with Swedish immigrants.
It was Jackie’s Grandmother Esther, (R.A. Peterson’s daughter) a school teacher, who pinned the note onto the apron. Always ready with a rubber band or pin to cob something together, Esther was also always a ready to give a history lesson which is just what she did by leaving the note in the pocket of the apron. Anna, who “cut the apron short” was Esther’s sister.
Recently, Jackie attended a family reunion at the one room cabin which was preserved and moved to it’s present location in 1959.
I don’t know if Jackie would have eventually found the note in the pocket of the apron she always believed was a wedding gift to her mother. But I’m glad I noticed it on the floor of my studio and decided to open it up instead of just tossing it in the trash or vacuuming it up.
You can read more about Jackie’s Grandma Esther on Jackie’s blog Quilt of Missing Memories.