A great story continues.

There was a time when I created quilts by piecing and applique… That was it.!!!

It's a long story, but this is one such quilt that gained a little notoriety. I finished it 8 years ago.

It's not a really good photo, but the others are in storage for safe keeping.

This is my Quilt 1776, heartache, Heritage and Happiness. I re-created it from an 8" photo I found in a book. Its a quilt made by the inlay method of applque and made by soldiers probably around 1776.

My book, of the same name, had a number of quilts taken from the same pattern. I had the help of about 15 people to assist by designing and making their own quilt from the patterns in the book and we feature them all.

One such lady was Jan Munzberg a dear friend of mine.

It just happens that Jan and her Husband David were going to Germany to an area close to the place where the original quilt resided. Bautzen.

Jan decided she should take one of my books to present to the museum and it was a major event getting it to her in the short time I had home in June.


Here's Jan, the book in its fancy gold packaging firmly in her arms outside the station in Bautzen.

I was in the USA and I was getting texts.

"We're on the train on our way to Bautzen"

"We're in Bautzen"

"We're too early the Museum is closed"

So they (Jan and David, but Jan mainly) chatted to everyone about the book.

Even these two young Mormon Missionaries.

David said, "She showed it to everybody"

Finally the Museum was open.

And they were able to go in. However, there was a considerable language problem and many of the caretakers were less than helpful.

But a young internee came forward, she spoke English and Jan explained the long story and presented her with the book.


I love Jans face…. she was so thrilled to do this for me… (and her as well)

"We'd love to see the quilt" Jan said. "Oh no, that's impossible it's in storage and it's very heavy.

"David is strong" said Jan, not to be put off and offering David's services.


"You look around the Museum, go have coffee and come back" the young attendant said

So they did.

On return to the Museum, this is what they found.

A personal showing of the quilt.

Jan cried, the attendant cried and I cried all over again, just like the first time I saw it.






This quilt has been a major event in my life.

The story is almost unbelievable and I've have had people tell me so.!!!!

What is the story?

Well after being obsessed from my first view of the photo…. it took me 2 years research and preparation and 3 years and 9586 hours to make.

After I finished the quilt… My Mum rang me one day, her voice quavering. She asked me to sit down and then related the story she had just learned. Her Grandfather had come to South Australia on a ship and had lived all his life until then in Bautzen… its my heritage and I didn't know…  BUT, when I was in Bautzen, I did mention to Keith (my husband) that I felt like I was at home there…. strange but true.

That's part of the story… it continues… may people have made the quilt just like I did from the pattern in my book. I have met some, but would love to meet others if you know of anyone.

I've met people all over the world who are now going to Bautzen to view the original quilt… so…. I think I have to take my quilt back to Bautzen before it is retired to the Quilt Museum in Nebraska.

Life is sure interesting. There are so many emotions tied to this quilt and it continues.

As for those who told me… "that's not a real quilt because you copied it"

Bah Humbug. I'm stronger now folks…!!!



8 Comments Add yours

  1. I love your story and I even love it more because I have your book! You are amazing and to share your journey with us “less than artistic” beings has given us the courage to try something “new” all the time. I am so lucky to have met you and I send people to your website all the time! Pamie G. New Braunfels Texas

  2. Tracy Greenlee, Norman, OK says:

    I am a little late to your story, but it is an amazing one! I feel so blessed to have met you last summer in Alamogordo, NM and wished I could have spent more time with you than just a little bit before dinner! Is your book still available, and if so, where can I purchase a signed copy?
    Glad you are home for a bit…but do appreciate you sharing your travels and grandies with us! Oh, and one more thing…all of us “make real quilts even when we copy them!” That’s inspiration in action!!!

  3. peg in ks says:

    pam i love your story….and it truly is a small world and your journey took you to a place where one of you ancestors called home….amazing….i am taking a lecture class from you in houston and cannot wait to meet you….is your book still available and will you have them in houston…would you mind signing it for me….peg in ks

  4. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story….truely amazing!

  5. Mary says:

    I love the story you have shared with us about this quilt and it’s link to your herritage! Your blog is such an inspiration – I go to it everyday that I have computer access – thank you so much for sharing your tallent and your time and your story telling capabilities with all of us!
    Hope to see you in 2012 in Alamogordo!

  6. Jeannie says:

    I got chills as I read the “rest of the story”. What is even more fun is that I have the book! Jan is an amazing woman to follow through on getting the book to the museum.

  7. How exciting to read about Jan taking your book to the museum and getting to see the original quilt. I met you in Houston several years ago and have your book; someone duplicated your quilt and entered it in our Pine Belt Quilters show in Hattiesburg, MS, last year. It was stunning, a very accurate rendition of your patterns in the book. I enjoy following your blog!
    Martha Ginn

  8. Pam,
    Add a couple more tears. Lovely postscript to the story.
    Judy B

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