Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The heart of our quilting

  


     This is my first time linking up to Let's Bee Social and I thought I would share this story with you. (the quilt above has nothing to do with the story. It's just eye candy).

Last night I attended the visitation for my co workers father who died on Friday at the age of 89.  He was a well loved member of our community who owned the local sewing machine shop years ago before I had started quilting.

     At the visitation I was touched to see a vintage sewing machine that was on display, and also  a quilt which was draped over the coffin.  This quilt was a simple log cabin quilt made with scraps.

      I work in a  store and today I met one of his nieces, who was in town to attend the funeral.   She told me that his mother had been a seamstress and made quilts.  Also at least one of his sisters made quilts and wedding gowns and that one of his nephews makes wedding gowns. I already knew that in his own family quilting and sewing had skipped a generation.  None of his children quilt or sew but some of his grandchildren do.

      When I asked about the quilt I found out that it was pieced by either his mother or his sister and that in his last days he kept asking for this quilt which was obviously a comfort to him.  I hope that the quilts that I am working on today will be as cherished.

3 comments:

  1. I'm taking my grandchildren their first quilts this weekend. I hope that they will cherish them as much as this.

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  2. What a touching story. And a testament to quilters everywhere that their work is appreciated and holds special meaning to those who receive the works of their hands. A little piece of us is stitched into those quilts and goes on to comfort those who cherish each quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, Lisa!

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  3. Awww. Such a sweet story. I hope my quilts will be cherished like this as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. :)

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