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For Gran ~
I have this quilt again. I washed it when I brought it home, so it smells like fresh laundry. Even so, when I wrap it around me I think tea and cookies and that helps a bit.
I made it 6 or 7 years ago for Gran. She was having trouble sleeping and she would get up every night and settle on the couch so she wouldn’t bother Grandad. So I quilted.
When I saw the fabrics, I knew immediately that they were meant for her. Pretty pinks and sweet blues are her colors. While the star blocks were a traditional pattern, I designed the alternate blocks and the layout. I made it before I had my HQ16, so most of the quilting is in the ditch. The motifs in the open areas are machine embroidery designs.
Gifting it to her made one of those perfect family days even better.
The amazing woman this quilt was meant for is mostly gone now. Alzheimer’s has robbed her of her short-term memory and left her confused and miserable, locked in a terrible place. The spitefulness of this disease cannot be described.
We cleaned out the house last spring, after Grandad passed away and we’d moved Gran to an adult family home. Jon found the quilt in their bedroom closet. I brought it home, and for a long time I couldn’t look at it, couldn’t decide what to do with it. It felt wrong to have it, but I knew that it would mean little to her now.
I know the power of quilts. I’m certainly a mindful quilter, and a quilt intended as a gift for someone has hours of love and pride and blessings stitched in. My family understands that. I know Gran did on the day it came to her, and all the nights after that she used it.
And so it comes back to me. Now it brings comfort, and sweet memories, and a reminder that life is precious and fleeting. Like the harmonica we bought for Jon’s grandfather almost 30 years ago, that now sits on the shelf in a place of honor in Jon’s office, this gift is a reminder that she knew she was loved before it was too late.