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GRANDMA'S QUILTS

By Barbara Roney 
 

What do you think of when you see a quilt? For me, quilts bring to mind a cozy fireplace, a comfortable chair and grandmothers. Even though my grandmother didn't have a fireplace she did have a cozy house and fingers that never stopped. Whenever grandma was sitting down she was piecing by hand. When she wasn't busy piecing or quilting she was in her flower and vegetable garden, volunteering at church or working as an LPN at a veteran's hospital. 

My mother recently asked me if I would attend a small quilt show with her and take some of the quilts my grandmother had pieced and my great-aunt had quilted.  I responded happily by picking out five favorites from the many quilts that I am fortunate to own. After arranging the quilts for display, I looked around the room at the more than 40 different quilts spanning at least 100 years.  

One of the quilts was made out of ladies hats from the early 1900's. Several of the quilts my grandmother pieced have material in them which came from dresses my mother, aunt, sister and I wore.  It's fun to go through them and pick out material that we recognize as our dresses when we were little girls.  

Quilts have always been a part of my life and so I am not sure I have always truly appreciated them, as I should have. I grew up having quilts as bedspreads.  I listened to the women and men as they walked around the room looking, observing, and "seeing" the quilts. Their comments, when looking at our quilts touched me like nothing else ever has. For the first time, I "saw" my grandmother's work through other's eyes.  "Oh, look at all the tiny stitches. They are so perfect."  "Such beautiful colors in this quilt."  "Lovely design."  My heart swelled with pride for my grandmother. 

My mother was happily pointing out the quilting stitches and sharing stories of when and how each of the quilts was made. On one of the quilts my mother pointed out the different stitching. "This is my mother's stitches and these were done by my aunt," she said proudly. The difference between the stitches is so slight that only my mother can tell which lady sewed them.

As I walked around the room and looked at the other quilts and learned some of their histories I was amazed. Not just at the beautiful work that many women had done but at the fact that those women had time to make a quilt at all. I know how long it can take to make a quilt in modern times. I can't imagine how difficult and time consuming it must have been for women many years ago.  Those women lived in small cabins with only one or two rooms, sometimes having dirt floors and with poor lighting. They tended their children and gardens and made everything from scratch. No fast food restaurants or freezers for them to grab dinner out of.  How did the women of the past manage to do it all? I can only venture a guess.

What do you see when you "see" a quilt?  Do you see the hours it took to make it or see the thousands of tiny hand stitches in the piecing and quilting? Do you see beautiful artwork or just something to throw on a bed for warmth? 

I appreciate the legacy my grandmother left me and it is one that I will pass on to my granddaughter. 

Looking at all the quilts I am fortunate to own, brings back fond memories of good times spent with a very talented and loving woman, my grandma Lee.
 
Barbara Roney
busyb460@msn.com

Barbara is a wife of 38 years, mother of two, and grandmother of Brianna, the light of her life. Barbara has been writing for herself and her family for only a few years. One story, Pretending, was written after her sister broke her shoulder. She says "writing is a wonderful way of expressing what's in my heart."


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Thought For The Day:

"Most of man's troubles comes from his inability to be still." - Blaise Pascal


Verse for the Day:

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be
exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10


Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Chasing the cat is a lot more fun than actually catching it."


Parent's Thought For The Day:

"Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that allow their children to come
back home." - Bill Cosby


Coach's Thought For The Day:

"If you chase two rabbits, both will escape."


Writer's Thought For The Day:

"Writing for free is supposed to be a learning experience, but I believe it should be a SHORT one. Continuing to do it just because you want to see your name in print (or on a Website) hurts yourself and every other writer. Bottom line: Why should they pay you pro rates when you'll work for free?" --Yvonne Navarro


Deep Thought For The Day:

"Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One went to Hollywood and became
a famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted
to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils."




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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business

Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!
Love,
Trisha
Silverhill, AL

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