Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Mother's Quilt



My mother passed away in January after a battle with cancer. During her 81 years on this earth she embroidered and made over 600 quilts. Each child, stepchild, grandchild, great grandchild,brother, sister,inlaw, close friend, or friend of a family member has one of her quilts. The grand and great grandchildren have two as she always made a baby quilt before they were born and then when they were older she made a big quilt. The first one she made me was dolls of the world. Each square had a doll dressed in the country costume. And each and every stitch was neatly placed with lots of love. That quilt was a cover on the bed that my first exchange student from Japan slept under. Tamako loved that quilt so when it was time for her to go back home I called my mother and ask if I could give the quilt a new home. Mother was so happy to have one of her quilts going to Japan and with a girl that she loved like a granddaughter. She promised to make me another to replace it. She had a few more to make so all the family would have a quilt so I would have to wait awhile. Mother never got to mine. She had lived 2 years longer than doctors predicted but the cancer finally won. My brothers and I were with her at the end and it was a perfect passing (another story I will share one day) but I had no quilt. I had not even thought about not having one but when we set up a quilt rack on each side of the coffin to show her handy work for her loved ones my brother Don handed me a quilt and said this is for you. He had a quilt mother had made him of all the states with state bird,flower,tree and year it came into the union and he had this quilt of all the presidents heads with their signature and years they served. Mother had made it when Reagan was president and gave it to him to go with his other quilt. He kept his favorite one but parted with the other one so I would have a quilt made by mother. The circle was unbroken... All family members had a piece of mother to keep them warm,keep memories close by, and keep us all together with neat little stitches of love.

5 comments:

Mom's Zoo said...

I've seen many of the quilts your mother made and all are so beautiful..

ms*robyn said...

Just to say I love it..haven't finished reading the post so will probably comment again.....

Lori said...

What a lovely story and tradition. The hours she spent putting her love into these quilts for her family...such devotion. What an amazing woman.

Maggie Ann said...

How heartwarming to read this post. What a wonderfully giving lady your Mom was. She must have kept busy all the time and the Presidents' quilt is really impressive! I've never seen one like that. I'm sorry to hear about the cancer part of her life. My grandma and Dad passed away as a result of cancer too. It's evident that your Mom was and is still a blessing, with all your wonderful memories and wonderful quilts.

Perri said...

I too cherish the quilts that my grandmothers made. One is the ugliest concoction of green and orange ever sewn together, but when I look at it - all I see is love.