Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Grandmothers Quilts

I received some rather sad news Friday.  My Grandmother who has been very ill for a long time passed.  Things have been busy with hosting Thanksgiving and the shop, and yet the world seemed to stand still even if it were for only a moment or two.

This week will be a long and stressful one.  Making the trek to St. Louis and laying to rest my Grandmother who is my last living relative from my mothers side of the family.  Will bring back many memories good and difficult.  Like when my Grandmother gave me my first quilt, taught me to make Thanksgiving dressing, and to sit and enjoy a Sodie on the swing in the back yard.  It will also bring memories of my Grandfather and my Mothers passing too.  All of which have happened in November around Thanksgiving.  

Here are a few pictures of the quilts my Grandmother made for me.  Each one for a special reason, Sweet 16, marriage, and the births of my babies.  Each one made from scraps left from the clothes she would make us.  My Grandmother could recall each fabric, what was made with it and for who.  She would spend hours and hours over the summer in the basement working on these quilts.  I'm so glad she did.

Every time I would visit, I would wag them all out and spread them on the bed.  She would tell me the many stories of scraps she sewed together.  I never realized at the time why it was so important to know what fabric went to what sister or cousin for what outfit.  Nor why she would tell me not to machine wash them and to air em out on the line.  Now I know.. She was teaching me to preserve the stories of our life that was sewn into these quilts.  I miss those days.

When I return from my trip, the shop will be bustling with a late shopping night on Friday.   It will be good to be home and in the routine of life after such a long week.
Until then,


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother Christie. My grandmother gave me my first quilt too. You have some wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Have a safe trip.

  2. Christie - I'm so sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories and keepsakes you have to pass on to your children. You are right, she was giving you so much more than the quilts, which BTW, are absolutely gorgeous. Funny how life all around you continues on, when you are dealing with such pain and loss. I will add you and yours to my prayer list as you face the difficult week ahead.
    Connie LOU

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