Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Christmas in May Quilt

  A few years back my mother-in-law decided to learn how to quilt and began to make quilts for some of her grandchildren and children.  She had always had some health issues but you wouldn't know it by her actions as they did not seem to slow her down.  She kept a clean house, cooked, went out to visit family and friends or on short jaunts to one store or another.  The family day was Sundays and throughout the day you could find one or more of her kids or grandchildren at the house.  Sometimes there would even be a quilt that she was working on laid out over the kitchen table.
  Her goal was to make a quilt for each one of her children before she opened the door to the quilting room in heaven.  She was mom to eight kids.  She pieced her quilts on the machine after painstakingly measuring and cutting each individual piece by hand.  Once the top was sewn together she would make the sandwich layers, baste them together and get started with the quilting.  Hand quilting I might add.
  When she was all done making the eight quilts she presented them at Christmas that year.  Everyone marveled at the accomplishment.  In true mom style, she put a number on each quilt and a corresponding number on a piece of paper in a paper bag and all eight kids drew a number from the bag.  Here is the quilt that corresponded with the number for our family of four.


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