Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. I’m blogging every day in April, except Sundays, thematically from A to Z. Find out more here.
Q is for quilts. No, not something I like to make. You won’t catch me near a sewing machine like my mother, or gardening like she did either.
Unfortunately, I got none of that from her. But I did get a love for quilts. They are history and love wrapped up in warmth. They stay with us long after we say goodbye to the people connected to them.
My mom grew up in the Depression era of the 1930s. She never wanted for anything though, she said. She was raised on a farm in Kentucky by her Pappy and spinster Aunt Fanny. They grew and raised all they ever needed to live on. And sewed whatever they needed to wear. Aunt Fanny didn’t just use cloth for clothes. She would often fashion dresses and shirts from the burlap bags the grain came in.
When the clothes became worn Aunt Fanny made them into quilts. The very quilts my mother would dive under on cold winter nights after running upstairs to her room on the unheated second floor. The same quilts I have now on my beds. I love knowing they were made by my great-Aunt who raised my mother. I love knowing I sleep under the clothes that my mother wore as a young girl growing up on a farm. Calico, denim, paisley, and stripes.
When my mother passed away I gave away many of her clothes, but the special ones I kept. The ones I remembered her wearing with flair. She wore vibrant and fun clothes, just like her personality. And I took them all and had a quilt made. In the center is a lovely patch of flowers from a spring outfit with the words, “Welcome each new day.” My mom did just that.
Her quilt now covers my bed. Three generation of quilts warm my house from room to room. And that warms my heart.
Do you have quilts with special memories?