October 27, 2011

Gladys' Last Quilt

The plans for Gladys' Last Quilt.
Last week I was going through an old pattern book for inspiration and I found this scrap of paper tucked in between its pages. It's the plans for my husband's dear Grandmother's last quilt.After she passed away in 2000, my mother-in-law found the 12 completed blocks (hand embroidered), the setting fabric and these roughly drawn instructions.
I love that her math is on the side!
 My MIL gave me the fabric and this scrap of paper and asked me to finish the quilt, which I happily did. It now is in occasional use by my MIL and I hope it goes to one of Gladys' great grandchildren (or maybe great-great grandchildren) some day.
I wonder how many sketches like this my daughter will find
around the house after I'm gone? Hundreds maybe.
At the bottom is her grocery list. I do this too - no scrap of paper goes without some idea for a quilt or a block. Maybe I'm channeling her spirit or maybe that's just how we quilters roll! (I notice a baby dress is on the list. My daughter was under 2 when Gladys died, could it have been for her? But I have no way of knowing when she wrote this.)
So I'm happy that Gladys died with one last quilt in the works and I certainly hope when I die I have quilt blocks on the design wall. To me, that will mean a happy oldhood and one that is not plagued by something that prevents me from sewing up until the last.

P.S. I know this would make a better story if you could actually see the finished quilt, but I don't have any pictures. At Thanksgiving, I'll try to get some photos and post them later.

2 comments:

  1. How wonderful that the quilt blocks weren't trashed and that you could turn those blocks into a quilt! So cool that you have the drawn out pattern...

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  2. I can think of nothing better than a life filled with the joy of creativity right to the end. What a great story.

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