heirlooms


Last week, when Michael’s grandpa and his wife, Julia, came for a visit, she presented Rhys with a quilt. It was hand-pieced, just for her. Julia makes these for her children, step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; no two are alike, and usually she waits until they have graduated high school or are getting married to make them….but she’s not sure for how much longer she’ll be able, and so she decided to make Rhys’ now. It’s big enough for a queen-sized bed; and as quilts go, it’s gorgeous.


Seeing that quilt, and seeing Rhys cuddle up in it (“I seepy!” she says) reminded me of my own quilt, made by my great-grandma when I was a year old. It’s much smaller, but once I got it out of it’s box, it took me back twenty years. I used to keep it on the end of my little twin bed with the wicker headboard, and on cold nights or for a nap, I’d pull it up over me. I’d lay on it, tracing the meandering lines of stitches, memorizing the patterned fabrics. I remember liking best the squares with dogs on it and another with the little flowers on a blue background. Whenever I’d flip over a corner and see “L. 1981” stitched into the back, I’d think of my great-grandma in Louisville, Nebraska, wondering what she was doing right then.

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About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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3 Responses to heirlooms

  1. Lori Eilers says:

    Beautiful…I love that kind of stuff that gives comfort and memories!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I know exactly what you mean. I have simple patchwork square tie quilts that bring back great memories. I can picture certain pieces of clothing when I see the quilt because mom often cut up old clothes for those quilts. Makes me want to be a quilt maker…add that to my list of “things I’d like to do but realistically probably never will…” Sometimes I think we have our priorities really messed up, you know?
    Jane 🙂

  3. Dara says:

    oh wow! I love that sort of thing…I have these quilts in my living room that my mom salvaged from a garage sale pile of one of her rich clients that they decorate for – I would love to know the story behind them and who made them…but – yeah – just in a pile of garage sale stuff and – in my opinion they are beautiful

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