Vivian Maxwell’s Jersey Barn, 1935-1985*

What of this world –to tell
grandchildren or another
child playing in the street
“This is the generation…”
Changes happen –so fast
the spin of the world
passes past the heart
grieves humanity to know
nothing changes at all.

*The first of my folk art quilt blocks to commemorate my grandparents. My paternal grandfather, Vivian Maxwell, born December 18, 1912, Folk County, IA married my grandmother, Pauline Gail Matthes, born September 27, 1912, Richland County, WI, on June 16, 1932. They had seven children, my dad the third son.

My grandparents farmed for 50 years in the beautiful glacial hills of Vernon County WI. They had draft horses until 1966, the year he changed over to a John Deere tractor. I never knew the horses, only seeing pictures and hearing stories. In this quilt block the barn is an exact replica which stands today. The collie dog passed away when I was 3 years old.

The  quilt is an honor to craft for my grandmother who passed away July 2012, a few short months of turning 100. I started the quilt during a bout of deep depression and anxiety, hence the reason it took 4 years to complete this first block. I am close to finishing a second and third.

The American family farm is quickly becoming a relic. The honey bee faces the same fate.


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