Thursday, July 30, 2009

OLD QUILTS



Bound By Her Hands

My grandmother quilted a patchwork of stars

That wraps over my shoulders

and crosses my heart

Covers this aching and catches the tears

that my grandmother would if she could be here.

I am wrapped in a blanket that she made for me

so I'd feel her near me when she could not be

A kaleidoscope comfort of memories I have

in a life time of loving bound by her hand.

They say you can't take it with you

that must depend

On what you would carry when this journey ends

She has forever a part of my life

the no stone could bury

or time could deny.



This is part of a song that my sister- in -law Teresa wrote for her grandmother Afton's funeral, her two sisters Connie and Janice accompanied her in this wonderful tribute.


The next three pictures are Afton's quilts that we had on display at Kacy's wedding. What a memorable moment to see at least three of them together. She made all of her grandchildren a quilt which should be 21 plus her own children that have one of her quilts . How great it would be to get all of her quilts documented some how.



































What to do with old quilts when they are worn and torn and no longer can be used never throw away a quilt recycle!





















This was on old quilt that I found in my Grandma's Spencer's house. It was pretty tattered and torn, I went and got a straw wreath and cut 2" strips off the quilt and wrapped the wreath then I made up yo-yo's out of vintage fabrics added antique buttons and some store bought doilies.
























This one belonged to Afton in the top right hand corner you can see where the material has completely has worn away exposing the batting it is funny how some fabrics wear better than others.
























This is a hexagon piece that I picked up and framed.

























This is a shelf sitter doll that my friend Gayle made look how fun her little dress is made from an old quilt.



I was fascinated by Afton's hands, old and worn, many years of love showed in them, wringing her hands with worry, eating her string cheese that she loved, baking her famous chocolate cake and sewing her quilts. She had to be the sweetest woman around. One day while I was visiting her she let me trace her hand then later after she had passed I made her hand up in one of her old quilts it now holds a heart that my daughter Kacy made out of one of Afton's old bedspreads, she has also made some pillows for cousins that recently had new babies and has made her self a little blanket for her new little girl that will be joining us soon! Think before you throw out old quilts or bedspreads someone made it with love so share it with others.
I can see Grandma Afton smiling now, to see how her memory lives on in her great-great grandchildren.

7 comments:

Lori Holt said...

What a wonderful post...so full of emotion and memories. The lyrics to the song are just beautiful...
x Lori

Karyn said...

Came for a visit :) What a beautiful blog and your post is wonderful, what a tribute. I am so glad that you stopped by my blog so that I was able to discover yours.

Hugs

Briggs: Party of Six said...

Mike's grandparents gave him a quilt that is a little tattered and I have been saving it thinking that it should be more then a picnic blanket or car emergency blanket. I am going to be bringing it to you now for some ideas.
I love that you have found ways to recycle old quilts!

Anne said...

Love all the quilts hanging at the wedding, and that shelf sitting doll is adorable. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Gayle said...

I wish I had quilty memories from my ancestors - but nada. You've done some really special things with yours. Love your new background!

Vickers said...

Gifts from the heart should never be lost and you have found some sweet ways to preserve that gift of love. Afton was obviously quite a wonderful grandmother. You are a fortunate family.

Cindy B said...

Love the way you displayed the quilts and the quilt projects in frames etc...awesome!