WINTERPORT — Loretta Braley Solak is seeking a quilt she made for her parents, Vernon and Marilyn Braley for Christmas in 1979.
Solak said her mother took the quilt to someone in the Bangor area sometime between 2008 and May 2011 for repairs, even though Solak said she would repair the quilt if her mother could wait until Solak came home to Maine.
In June 2011, Mrs. Braley moved from the Bangor House to the assisted living facility at the Ross Home in Bangor. She died December 16, 2012, without being able to remember where or to whom she had taken the quilt.
“Mother had washed it [the quilt] a lot over the years and some of the quilt squares had separated in the seams,” Solak said. “We have searched high and low for this family heirloom.” The quilt was Queen size. It was tacked rather than quilted. The colors were white squares with embroidery or appliqued designs depicting Mr. and Mrs. Braley, their children and grandchildren doing their favorite things.
There was a lamb appliqued in fur fabric to represent a brother, Thomas Braley, who died at age 4.
Each square contained the name of the child or grandchild it represented.
The quilt squares were mint green, ivory and lavender, in small-wale corduroy.
Solak’s name was embroidered on the quilt as the maker.
If anyone has any information about the quilt or its whereabouts, call Solak at 223-2202 or write:
Loretta Solak, 985 North Main St., Winterport ME 04496.