This year my grandmother (mom’s mom) passed away at age 92. She lived a full life raising three children, my mom, my Aunt Linda and my Uncle Carl. I always loved visiting her when I was younger especially since there always seem to be kids around. My Uncle Carl is a little less than two years older than me and I had lots of cousins. YES you read that right, my mom and her mom pushed strollers together!
I never knew my grandfather since I was only 2 when he passed. Later in my grandma’s life, she dated my dad’s uncle but they never married. As a kid I never appreciated “old” people and the stories they shared. As I became an adult and a mother raising my own two girls, I became more and more interested in our family history especially since I started scrapbooking and doing geneaology.
Scrapbooking and quilting seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to preserving memories. As I worked on this quilt on the left, thoughts went through my head about what the woman was like who wore the clothing, how many kids did she have, how did she impact their lives, and how did she interact with her grandchildren. I just loved the Grandma sweatshirt on the back.
I make every client’s quilt from beginning to end but the most important part is the prayers I pray over each quilt for the person receiving the quilt.
Recently when my sister and my parents were going through items to sell at a yard sale, I was given the crocheted quilt and an old quilt in the above photos. They came from my Uncle Earl on my dad’s side. I love old quilts and think about who snuggled under them, what kids played “tent” with them, etc.
I am about to embark on one of the hardest quilts I’ve made to date. My friend Kate asked me to make a quilt from her husband’s Tommy Bahama shirts. Her husband, who was also a dear friend of mine died in a jet crash while doing what he loved the most…flying and teaching others military members how to fly. She’s a quilter and has entrusted me to this project. I am super honored, but also very saddened that those shirts will never be worn by him again. I do know that Kate and her daughter Grace will treasure this quilt for the rest of their lives and be covered by the love of a husband and a dad.
Memories are so important in preserving. Clothing of a lost loved one invokes lots of feelings. Why not save clothing of a loved one and make a gift that will always be pricesless to your family! Send me an email or a message so we can plan your next project. firstname.lastname@example.org | 256-617-3167
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