Sunday, April 25, 2021

Grandma's Legacy


It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month by reading, writing,  sharing, and celebrating poetry each day this month. Many years ago I was a quilter. After I began teaching, I had to put my needles and frames away because I just did not have the time. This year I am going back to my quilting roots and will be playing with patchwork-themed poems from memories of my own quilting years to the history of quilts and to quilt patterns. Pull up a needle and thread and let's stitch awhile.

There was a time when picture quilts were popular. Pictures would be printed on fabric and stitched into quilts blocks. I have made several of these but two will always be special to me. One was a 50th-anniversary quilt for my mother and father-in-law, and the other is my grandmother's grandchildren.

We gave this quilt to my grandmother for Christmas one year. She had 18 grandchildren, and I took a baby picture and current picture and put them side by side. She loved this quilt almost as much as she loved her grandchildren. When she passed, the quilt was to come back to me. For some reason, the quilt cannot be found. We think the bag it was in might have been mistaken for a give-away bag. I have no idea where it is. 

I'm the third and fourth on the top row!

my grandmother's love
her forever legacy
patchwork memory

Check out the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. You can find the poem's trail below.

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful quilt! I hope you find it!

    My co-worker, after 25 years, just came across chairs her father made for her daycare before she became an elementary teacher. (She had sold everything when she went back to school.) They were on Facebook Marketplace.

    Jim's high school girlfriend lost his high school ring back in 1986 and someone found it in a restaurant and travelled with it for years and years thinking they may find the person someday...They found him through someone on Facebook. (His initials were inside.)