Special Quilt

My maternal grandmother was a excellent seamstress.  She created patterns, sewed and beaded evening gowns for proms, balls and weddings.  Born in 1900, she survived the Great Depression.  While raising two daughters as a single parent, my grandmother ran a boarding house and a restaurant.  She also utilized her gift with needles and threads.   In addition to customers, she created clothes for her daughters and granddaughters.  I remember my cousin’s and my play-clothes when I was younger, prom dresses for high school, and gowns for Mardi Gras balls, as well as clothes for sorority “rush” in my freshman year of college.   Had she been living when I married, I am sure she would have made my wedding gown.

In my late teens or early twenties, she pieced together a double-sized quilt for me. The fabrics were remnants from clothes she made for either my older cousins or me.  As I look sentimentally at the quilt, now hanging over the banister in my home, I remember each outfit represented by the fabric she used.

Quilt 1

Multicolored cloth
Pieced by grandmother’s hands
Years of youth displayed

Quilt 3


© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012

Logo - Carpe Diem - December 2012



About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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18 Responses to Special Quilt

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve got two of these quilts, too – I can look at them and find sundresses, shirts, short sets and even pajamas! “Waste not, want not”, Grandma said, and she was right – in more ways than she knew!


  2. Geraldine says:

    wow so pretty! and what a lovely story. 🙂


  3. WabiSabi says:

    What a beautiful story to go with a beautiful quilt! I made quilts at one time so I know how much work(and love) your grandmother put into your quilt! Merry Christmas!


  4. JazzBumpa says:

    It is special.
    Wonderful sentiment
    Wonderfully presented.



  5. what a wonderful way to display the love she gifted you with.


  6. Awesome Becca, I like the emotion and sentiment in this haiku. Brings good memories to me. I also composed a haiku about my grandma. Thank you for your daily effort.


  7. I have such admiration for the skill involved in quilting…..I display a lovely one made by a former elderly client, and get so very many compliments….your story is a beautiful one….


  8. Lolly says:

    Wonderful post. Beautiful quilt. No really, it’s gorgeous in every sense of the word and to have it constructed from your own clothing from your sweet grandmother’s hands…wow! What an awesome heirloom.

    And it goes with your decor perfectly! (lovely green walls).

    “years of youth displayed” what an awesome thought. Well done!


    • becca givens says:

      Thank you very much, Lolly!

      (BTW .. I realized I forgot to use the flash … thanks for the compliments. The walls have toned down over the past few years — they are a warm aqua turquoise)


  9. tigerbrite says:

    Lovely post Becca ! What a treasure that quilt with so many memories. My mother used to make my clothes. I saw my grandmother only about once a year because of the distance, but I do remember she made rag rugs.


  10. Becca, how wonderful for you to have that! You are so lucky and for your grandmother to make you clothes and love you so much. My grandparents lived in Europe and we barely got to see them and there was no relationship to speak of. I wish I had had loving grandparents or at least grandparents that were involved in my life. Now I know where all your amazing creativity comes from. Your grandma would be so proud of you, Becca.


    • becca givens says:

      She was the only living grandparent that I spent considerable time with … she was my salvation in childhood. I spent nearly every weekend with her. Among the many things she taught and we shared — she taught me to cook and play Canasta. Although I enjoy needlework (cross stitch, needlepoint, silk ribbon embroidery) … wish I could say she taught me to love sewing, but alas, I cannot even knot a needle correctly!! However, my grandmother passed this gift on to my sister, who started sewing several years ago and does beautiful work. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me!


  11. siggiofmaine says:

    My grandmother moved from house to house of her children when I was young…she died when I was a teenager. She also used pieces of cloth from our clothes, other projects (she made aprons on gingham and cross stitched on them). I had a double bed…she shared my room when it was time for her visit to our house and I remember her laying out the squares to co-ordinate the patterns, then sewing the pieces together when she visited us. I don’t know of any surviving quilts at our house, but I do have several aprons. Thanks for the memories. ♥


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