Shirley I. Thomas

Shirley Thomas, Married 55 years August 1934 - April 2008

Shirley was named after that sweet adorable girl that could always make us smile in the good times and in the bad times, Shirley Temple Black.
Shirley Thomas, much like Ambassador Black, always, “…kept her chin up…”
Mom or Shirley made many quilts, many she appliquéd. So a quilt block as a memorial is fitting. It is thought that she made around 80 quilts.
I picked the popular quilt pattern the Dresden plate because I think of her when I see one, maybe because it was one of Mom’s favorite. It reflects most everything mom liked and her up-bring background. The Dresden plate dates back to the romance of the Victorian Era with its love of elaborate decoration on household items and décor. Dresden, Germany was a center of 19th century romanticism movement of art. It included the fine decoration of porcelain and china. The plates were embellished with elaborate design using flowers, fruits and foliage. The beautiful plates would surely have been admired by women of the early 20th century. This repres

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