A quilt embroidered with the names of family members is Doris Dockery's "prized possession."
The pastel pink, blue and white quilt squares, each designed by her relatives have been carefully stitched together in a pattern called family album.
"It's a work in progress," Dockery said. "I made the first square in 1992. My mother had heart surgery and we didn't think that she was going to be around much longer. I made the first square for her to embroider her name onto."
Dockery put down the quilt for three years before she began sewing squares and sending them to family members. She asked them to embroider the names of their immediate family, and many took it upon themselves to stitch detailed designs onto the squares. Now, nearly a decade after it was started, the quilt is almost complete.
"It has so many memories and stories that people told me as they gave me back the squares," she said.
One of her cousins, Zoie Meadows stitched the 21 names of her brothers and sisters into a square.
"My grandmother's brother's family had 21 children gathered around the dinner table at every meal," Dockery said. "All these years that I visited in their home, I was always amazed that they had room for that many children. He even made a dining room table that turns (and) was big enough for 23 people to sit around."
Dockery and her husband of 54 years, William, moved to the Augusta area in the 1960s. Mrs. Dockery taught eighth and ninth grade language arts in Richmond County. Now retired, she plans to complete the quilt this summer.
Mr. Dockery made a wooden quilt rack so Doris and her friends and family could work on the quilt together.
"My sisters and cousins come over and quilt. I've had several friends here in the Evans who come and join me for quilting for several hours each week," Dockery said.
Dockery has also made one quilt from her son, Louis', numerous T-shirts. She made another unique patchwork quilt containing strips of cloth stitched to pieces of newspaper to keep the pattern straight.
In her family album quilt, she has stitched the squares of delicate muslin cloth with stitching in the shape of a seashell, she has done most of the work around the edges of the quilt. Dockery designed one square with a blue sailboat for her son, Louis, who has a special interest in sailing.
"My favorite part has been the communication with the different family members who were willing to make a square for me," Dockery said.
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