Maroon and Gold Days

Cobber Connections: The story behind the quilt.

It seems there’s always a story behind a quilt and 2011 graduate Marnie (Rosenheim) Levenson’s quilt is no exception.

Levenson, who now lives in Seattle, gathered T-shirts from her days as a Concordia student and mixed them in with some from her days at the University of Minnesota where she completed her master’s in counseling psychology. And the result: a cherished keepsake. 

Quilts are almost always a group effort and this quilting group included Levenson, her mom, Jeannette (Nelson) Rosenheim, who attended Concordia in the ’70s, and Levenson’s aunt, Sharon Sheehan, who lives in Fargo. 

Levenson said her aunt told her that as kids, Sheehan and her sisters learned to sew from their mother, Levenson’s grandma, who loved to sew and quilt.

“I picked out the fabric,” Levenson said. “On the back, it is actually outlined with corn cob fabric.”


Because she does quite a bit of talking in her profession as a mental health therapist, she also chose fabric that looks like pages from a dictionary.

Most of the actual quilting fell to Levenson’s aunt who believes she inherited her love of both sewing and quilting from her mother and started taking quilting classes in Fairbanks, Alaska, 30 years ago.

“She calls herself a beginner/amateur,” Levenson said of her aunt. “But as you can see, she is quite talented.”

A lot of love and a great deal of work went into making a long-lasting memory for Levenson of her maroon and gold days.


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