Happy National Quilting Day! It is hard for me to hear the word ‘quilting’ and not think of my grandma. She made so many quilts over the years. She made all of her grandchildren one when we got married and one year she gave all 7 of her kids a quilt for Christmas. When I got ours I remember telling her that I would hang it on the wall and wouldn’t use it. She was offended. She told me that she made it for us to use and wanted us to enjoy it. So, we are! Now that she is gone, I am so thankful for a constant reminder of my sweet granny. I hope it will be a family keepsake for years to come.
In 1992 I borrowed a sewing machine from a neighbor just to give it a try and see if it would be worth my while to buy my own. I enjoyed sewing clothes for my family, and I sewed all kinds of crafts. One of my favorite projects was for Easter. I made a dress for me and a matching tie for my 2 year old son. I bought my own machine when I realized that sewing was ‘my thing’. When my daughter was a baby I made so many of her clothes. She had dresses for every occasion with matching hat or headband, and ruffles on her socks.
I kept all the scraps from sewing and gave them to my grandma so she could use them to make her quilts. One day it occurred to me that I should save all of the scrap material from my daughter’s clothes and ask granny to make her a quilt. Granny thought it was a great idea and made the quilt for my daughter’s first birthday. And yes, I let her use it. When she was a baby, I covered her with it. As she grew, we found ways to display it.
Our daughter is now 22 and has a home of her own and I have the quilt folded in my closet. I will probably wait until she has a daughter and then pass it along to her. I look at it now and it brings back so many memories. I see a scrap of material and remember the dress and hat I had for her on the 4th of July, the cute jumper, the everyday dress, etc.