FOR ROSA is the first collection of Marcus' new Marchives™ brand, featuring print inspiration from our past. These designs reminded Nancy of her grandmother, and we developed the line with her creative input, so we gladly named it "For Rosa."
FOR ROSA is a tribute to Nancy's maternal great-grandmother, Rosa Reyes Wegis. Born October 12, 1878 to Don Rafael Reyes and Maria Ignacia Ortega, Rosa was one of ten children raised on a rancho near Reyes Creek in Ventura County, CA. In 1899 at the age of 21, she married a German immigrant named Gebhard Wegis. They established their own ranch in the Cuyama Valley of California where they raised five children in a one-room adobe with a dirt floor. Rosa had just celebrated her 70th birthday when she died Oct 14, 1948. Freda, the only daughter, was my grandmother who married, also had five children, and taught elementary school in Bakersfield, CA.
The following account is from Cynthia Wegis Hudson (Nancy's second or third cousin)
When my mother went into a nursing home I found a small baby pillowcase in her keepsakes, which included a note saying it had been made by Rosa from her wedding dress. It was a gift for my mother's first baby who had died. I remember my mother saying that Rosa was a "real lady."
Nancy's sampler style quilt design for the collection evokes a keepsake quality that many quilters will be sure to connect with.