You can read all about her life in "No Time on My Hands" as told to her eldest daughter Nellie. It is a remarkable recounting of life on the prairie at the turn of the century. Reading it and looking at my house, my sewing machine, and all of my fabric, I can see that I am truly blessed. When Grace and Bert married at his parent's house in North Platte, Grace brought a bolt of fabric with her to her new home so she could quilt. In the book she relates how she did not step off the ranch for six months at a time, so even though she had many chores and children to raise, there was still plenty of time to sit and sew. All of her quilts were made by hand. The most famous of her quilts is called Flower Basket Petit Point, which she made in 1943. She copied the design from a china pattern. To mimic the petit point she pieced triangles to make a square, one light the other a bit darker. Eight of these units would fit on the size of a postage stamp. It really seems impossible, doesn't it? Worried that she might be infringing on someone's copyright (sound familiar?), she wrote to the china company and asked if it was all right. Not only was it all right, the company president sent her a set of china dishes and kept on sending pieces to her over the years.
You can still purchase "No Time on My Hands" and you can see a 2007 lecture about her life and quilts here:
Some of these quilts may be familiar to you already. I'm sure I've seen both the Petit Point quilt and the hexagon quilt before. Imagine doing such fine work by hand and designing quilts without the aid of a design wall or Electric Quilt. I think her work also says a lot about how we can chose to spend our time. I know I complain about not having enough time to do the things I want to do, but then I waste time watching television or playing Candy Crush Saga. It's really all about making choices.
You can read more about Grace McCance Snyder and see some of her quilts here.
By the way, Grace's third dream came true, too. She flew in an airplane home from a trip to Oregon. Her son Miles eventually bought an airplane so he could fly his son to school in the morning and he would pick him up in the afternoon, too. Apparently the roads in Nebraska are about as bad as they are still in Maine!
Here's what I've been up to today....I made this hat wreath and curtains for the kitchen. Red gingham to go with my new green kitchen cupboards.
Happy Quilting, dear friends!