Among many other artistic endeavors, Mary Lou Goertzen was a painter, embroiderer, and an interpretive quilter.

Mary Lou’s book Lap and Nap Quilts and Comforters showcases 25 quilts she created from 1992 to 2013, along with handwritten notes about each.

The quilts, visual interpretations of day-to-day life experiences and emotions, are often inspired by her connections to loved ones. Many of the quilts were created as a means of sharing her feelings of grief and loss after the 2004 death of her husband Ernie, also an artist.

As Mary Lou notes in the book’s introduction: “The quilts are all made by hand with every stitch a prayer.”

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