A Stitch in Time
All Dressed Up
Be Fruitful and Multiply
I am a Farmer
Living in Darkness
Log Cabin Quilt
Mother of Thirteen
No Electricity Required
Off to America
The Sod House
Size: 11” x 14”
Part of a woman's job of homemaking was sewing and needlework.
Size: 14” x 11”
Young men and women often became aquainted through relatives and friends or at church activities.
Size: 18” x 24”
In the 1870's thousands of Mennonites migrated from Russia.
Size: 24” x 18”
Pastor Karen Schellenberg prays after baptizing a new member of the church.
Size: 16” x 20”
Food preservation provided food for the winter months.
Sustenance of religious belief through prayer, Bible reading & hymn singing.
Mennonite girls were sent to the cities to earn money to help their families. They were known for their hard work, cleanliness and honesty.
It was acceptable for a single woman to become a teacher. Later married women without children were also accepted. The first teaching academy was founded in 1889 in Gretna, MB.
Size: 20” x 24”
At gatherings men ate first, then the women often off of their husband's unwashed plates and then the children.
Before cell phones, computers, and facebook, entertainment was homemade.
Size: 24” x 20”
The new generation of farmers include women who have chosen farming as their career.
Large families were common among rural Mennonites for economical, biblical interpretation of "Be fruitful & multiply", and group survival.
My grandmother always said, "A woman's work is never done!" Imagine the amount of laundry and cooking that needed to be done for the large families.
Size: 20” x 16”
Size: 18” x 18”
An art form that continues to this day.
Lack of man power due to alternative or military work or simply being one of the oldest in the family allowed females to do "man's work".
Size: 11” x 9”
Strict dress codes including head coverings indicated submission, humility and baptism.
Extra money was earned by my grandmother by selling milk, cream and cottage cheese.
Size: 16” x 12”
Domestic Engineer is hardly a good job description for a mother of thirteen children. Large families were common as fertility management was not encouraged.
Laundry was an all consuming task, water needed to hauled and boiled over a wood fire. Then the clothes were scrubbed by hand, wrung out and hung to dry year round.
A dream come true for some but not for all.
A farmer's wife who is a Mennonite artist. As a visitor to my studio asked, "Why are there so many talented people in this rural area?" "Is it something in the water?"
First homes were made of sod.
Hand spinning wool into yarn which was then used for clothing.
Size: 30” x 40”
Quilting bees allowed women to socialize and express themselves while creating a functional item therefore being an acceptable art form.