More Than a Quilt



Last week my husband and I had the fun of watching our granddaughter graduate from pre-school. (My husband doesn’t quite understand the concept of graduation at that age but I have assured him that it definitely is a thing now.)20190523_17422132531125.jpg

I was able to give my granddaughter her quilt that I had made from blue jeans and flannel shirts from her dad, uncles, grandpa, grandma, great grandpas and great grandmas. I am not sure she totally understood the memories in that quilt but she did enjoy using it to sit on outside and play with her brother.

It did make me smile inside and out just watching them sit on that quilt playing. It made all the hours of making it worthwhile.

I love the thought that new memories will be made sitting on top of all those old memories. I love the fact the fabric in that quilt has a history. Maybe someday, if that quilt holds up, my granddaughter will want to know what some of those memories are. If and when she is ready to ask I am going to be more than willing to answer!

When she decides to ask, I would love to tell her about her Great-Grandpa who served in the military and came back home to farm and raise a family. I want her to know her Great Grandma who raised five children and then went on to cook at the local Christian high school for many years.

It would be good for her to know that her other Great-Grandpa wanted to go to the military but could not; due to stepping on a pitchfork as a child. It would be good for her to know that he worked hard and took care of the family he loved.

She should also know about the Great Grandma who sewed pretty much all the clothing her children wore. I would love to point out the pieces of flannel in the quilt that came from baby blankets that were sewn by that same Great Grandma for the grandsons who would become her dad and uncles.

I want her to know  what her Grandpa did for a living and what he did for fun. I am hoping she wants to know what her dad was like as a boy….the things he enjoyed and the things he did not. It would be a wonderful thing for her to know about her two uncles and how they looked up to her dad, their older brother.

There is so much history in that one small quilt. We are much like that quilt….there is so much history in all of our lives if we just stop and think about it. Good history, sad history, and all the stuff in between.

It is good to pass on those stories for the next generations. It is good for them to have a connection to what makes up their past. If it takes a quilt to pass on those stories….it is a wonderful thing.

It will be a wonderful thing to see all the new memories made on that quilt. Memories that someday can be passed on to the next generation of this family.

Each day of our lives
we make deposits
in the memory banks
of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll


27 thoughts on “More Than a Quilt

  1. Judi says:

    Beautiful, Faye. I think you should make hard copies of all your blog entries and put them in a book for each of your grandchildren. They will cherish it someday.

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    You have so many stories to tell, Faye.
    I have a poor memory or my memory wipes out those pieces of my history that brought tears to my eyes- so I couldn’t tell the stories to my children or grand children, if I have any.
    But you are so right, our lives seem to be made up of patches of sunshine and sorrow like that little quilt but each of those pieces makes us what we are .

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Once I start remembering events, Susie, it seems like more keep rolling in.
      The hard times are hard to remember. They sometimes still hurt and probably will forever. On the flip side of that I see how good the good times really are and how many blessings have come out of those hard times.

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  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    Such a sweet post Faye. We all hope our grandchildren will sit down some day and let us pass memories on to them. I have a quilt my mother made from scrapes of clothing my siblings and I wore as we grew up. I have sat and talked with my daughter about the memories this quilt holds and hope my granddaughter will land (Ha) long enough for me to pass those memories to her.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Peggy. I don’t have those quilts but I do have a couple of braided wool rugs that my mom had made from coats that we all wore. I can pick out the fabric from my coats on those rugs and they are a treasure.


  4. tinaor says:

    So sweet. I think you need to start telling those stories to them when they are young as they reach an age when they become disinterested in ‘all that old stuff’ and roll their eyes as you start to meander down memory lane! Might just be in my house…..

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I had to laugh at your comment because you are so right! I have told them stories about their dad and uncles because they seem to enjoy knowing what their dad did at their age. I am going to have to keep telling them before the eye roll starts!


  5. bcparkison says:

    Special sewing from a special grandma. I’m wondering how you finished off the back of these little quilts. The bed covers I did years ago were so heavy it was a strain on the washing machine and dryer.

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  6. says:

    This is a very touching post, Faye. Your grandchildren are blessed to have such a loving and sensitive grandma. The treasure of all your hard work will be enjoyed for many years to come and the stories that go along with it will be opportunities for you to share her family’s past.. What a blessing.

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  7. thechickengrandma says:

    Thank you so much. I am presently finishing up the one I am making for her brother. Once that is done I will start on the last one I have cut and ready for my other grandson.
    The weather around here is rainy and I cannot do anything outside so it is good to sew and crochet.


  8. Al says:

    Memories of grandparents are always the sweetest. When I first started blogging I devoted an entire blog to each of them. They came so easily to mind. I’m trying to leave that same legacy of memories for my granddaughters.

    So glad you are enjoying making those memories with your grandkids. The best part is, it’s so much fun to do. A win/win!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Anne. I just finished the second one and it is for my oldest grandson for his birthday next week. One more to go and then I am caught up. The rainy weather has been good for something!


      • Anne Mehrling says:

        That’s great that you saw the bright side of rain. I remember making things for my children and their cousins, but I don’t think I created anything for our grandsons. Your grandchildren will love those quilts.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Maureen. I don’t think she first knew what to think of her “picnic quilt” but soon found out it was pretty handy outside on the grass and on the floor of the living room. It was fun to watch her enjoying it.


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