Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
Intertwining stories, one from the present and the other beginning in 1911, united by a pieced quilt. Marie learned to sew in a London orphanage, and was selected to help with the work leading to the coronation of King George and Queen Mary in 1911. When the royal family needs to get rid of her, lest she spill embarrassing secrets, she is hospitalized in a mental institution. The quilt she makes in the hospital is decorated with clues. Meanwhile, in the present, a young woman must help sort out the contents of her mother’s attic . . . and finds a quilt.