Stitch by Stitch: Granny’s Quilts, Nostalgic Lessons & Love…
My sister and I spent last weekend laughing and joking about the good ole days. I would call her when I had a new discovery while looking through my dad’s “archives.” The way my dad’s archives is set up, we were screaming and laughing the entire time.
One of the highlights of going through his stuff is the family history, until I came across this quilt (featured photo, bottom quilt). There was a laundry basket that was full of my stuff that I left behind when I moved away from home in 2008. I began to unpack the basket. There were many items that I could donate to a local shelter, until I got to the bottom. Folded neatly was the quilt. My sister had been looking for this quilt for almost 20 years. It was in our possession the entire time.
I used to believe that the quilts made by my grandmothers had super powers. Seriously, I mean there was no way to explain it otherwise. When I was in high school, my sister was home visiting and received a phone call that her apartment building was on fire, and that it was a total loss. I can remember where we were when she received the phone call; in the living room at home. There’s just some things you never forget. My parents and I went with my sister to see if there was anything that could be salvaged from the blaze. We walked into her 3rd floor apartment and I must say it was a depressing site. My sister would have to start over from scratch, and my heart truly ached for her. It’s never easy starting over. It was definitely a total loss, but there were a few items that were untouched: vacuum cleaner, Aunt Jemima cookie jar, and grandma’s quilt. Can you believe that quilt was in mint condition? (See featured photo, top patch work quilt). There’s something about those quilts made with love from our grandmothers. I would know. A small quilt also made by our grandma was wrapped around my waist when I had my grease fire at my place. Those super powers must be prayers.
I’m enjoying going through my dad’s stuff, and continuing to unlock so many memories. I would say that’s something to be #SteeleThankful for.