Sunday, September 7, 2014

In Memoriam

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Grandma (She of the Perfect Triangle Points) flew away in her sleep last night, at age 97.  This quilt was on her bed when I was young; hand-pieced calico hexagons made of 1930’s flour sacks, combined with a vividly eye-melting, yellow poly-blend sashing.  Which is just straight-up Grandma.  Seeing it there in her spotless room, alongside her fluttering white ruffled curtains and her hurricane lamp with hand-painted roses on the glass made me, a child, say to myself, “I want to make one of those.  I can do that.”  Her quilting stitches were microscopic.  I thought she would live forever.

61 comments:

  1. I am sorry for your loss... I hope you find comfort in lovely memories like those!

    Love

    Ilse

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  2. My condolences.

    With you carrying on her quilting skills and tradition, she will live on.

    You have recently inspired me to try quilting, a skill my own grandma wielded with such effortless ease. You also make it look effortless and I love your "let's try this and see what happens" attitude about it. What's the worst that can happen? Its just a little bit of fabric and thread...

    Tell stories and laugh about the good times - it gets better.

    Hugs from California,

    Kimber

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. The quilt is a treasure. Enjoy your memories of it and your grandmother.
    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  4. I'm so sorry about your Grandma. She sure did make a lovely yellow quilt there.

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  5. Sorry to hear of your loss Kristen. At least you have a very beautiful treasure to remind you of your Grandma and the wonderful times you had with her. Gorgeous quilt!

    Hugs!!!

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  6. Bless you all at this sad time. What a wonderful memory to have forever. May she rest in peace.

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  7. Thanks for celebrating your Grandma's life in this post, Kristen. I so admire her creativity and your love for her and the inspiration she has been for you. Blessings to you and yours in this new season of your lives. xx

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  8. Thinking of you. Such special, cherished memories. Hugs

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  9. Kristen, sorry for your loss. Grandma and her love will always be with you.
    Hugs,
    Kacy

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  10. I am so very sorry. Tomorrow marks the 1 yr anniversary of losing my dear Nana. She was 99 years old, and fabulous....just fabulous! Nana didn't quilt, but her Mama did. My great grandma..who I knew until I was about 14. It was in my blood too. I always wanted to do it. So sorry...
    xo Kris

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  11. My dear Kirsten, I'm so sorry for your loss. But I do know your gramma will live forever with you ... In her quilt, in your heart and all the things she has thought you... And because of that I'm 100% sure you can make one of those and while you are making it you will feel her presence on you ... And then you will feel she really will live forever ... With you.
    My deepest sympathy.

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  12. I am so very sorry to read of your grams passing...may all of your wonderful memories of her give you comfort during this hard time...sending prayers and hugs your way.

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  13. I have been quietly following your blog and soaking up inspiration for some time now. I hope that the knowledge that her talent and excellence have been passed on to you, and through you to us, brings you some consolation. Deepest condolences and very best wishes,

    Suzie

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  14. Condolences to you, your Mom, and your brother. What a stitching legacy your grandma handed down - such memories. Love and hugs to all.

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  15. So sorry for your loss. Enjoy all your wonderful memories, it will keep her spirit with you. The quilt is a real delight.

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  16. Take care of yourself and your family. Wrap yourself up in the quilt and remember her love.

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  17. Condolences to you ! Best wishes to you and your family.

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  18. Sending love and light to you and yours Kristen.... x

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  19. So sorry to hear of your loss. My gran passed away aged 99 a couple of years ago. Like you, I had thought she would be there forever for me, and in some ways she still is. Thinking of you. x

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  20. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Grandma. Such a sad time. How wonderful that she had such an influence on you, even if you might never achieve her perfect points. May your memories comfort you and your family over the next days and weeks.

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  21. Dear Kristen, sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing away. What a lovely quilt she made! It sounds to me that she has passed on her crafty ways to you, and I think this will be a good way to treasure her and be reminded of her.
    Best wishes to all your family!
    Hugs, Ingrid xx
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  22. Your relationship with your grandma is one of those very special ones in our lives. I only ever knew the one, my paternal Welsh Nanna, who I loved to bits. She died forty years ago, but my memories of her haven't, and neither will yours. Treasure them.

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  23. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma, she sounds like one special lady. You have written a beautiful tribute to her and she has sent you on with many rich memories.
    Best wishes,
    Shauna.x

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  24. So sad to hear of your loss but it sounds as though you have some wonderful memories.

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  25. Oh, Kristen. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Sending hugs.....
    Carly
    x

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  26. Losing your Grandma is hard, so sorry for your loss:( It is painfull, I know.

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  27. So sorry to hear of your loss. CJ xx

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  28. Sorry to hear about your Grandma. You'll miss her,

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  29. Very Sorry to hear.

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  30. So sorry to hear this, Kristen. Thinking of you and your wonderful grandma. Beautiful quilt xxx

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  31. Dear Kristen - My thoughts go out to you and your family. What a blessing to have your Grandmother with you for so long. Such sweet memories she left with you; her quilt is beautiful.
    DianeM <3

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  32. Hello Kristen,

    And live for ever she will......in your heart.


    Such a lovely tribute to your grandmother who was clearly such a huge influence in your life. That is her legacy.

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  33. Oh Kristen, I am so sorry for your loss. May all of His blessings of comfort be with you and your family.

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  34. So very sorry to hear of your loss. God bless her, she left this world the way we all wish to.

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  35. Kristen: Sorry to hear about your grandmother, sounds like she lived a long wonderful life. I am sure she was proud of you, you loved her very much! Thinking of you. Thanks for your blog, it's an inspiration. Noelle

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  36. She does live forever in you and your children. So sorry for your loss but she sounds like she had an amazing life, to live to 97, wow!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  37. Beautiful memories Kristin. Your grandma lives on in everything you create. I hope I can be an inspiration like that to my grandchildren someday.
    Hang in there friend
    Lynne

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  38. Very sorry to hear this news. I'm sure she must have been so pleased that her creativity had been passed down to you, and thank you for writing about that creativity in your lovely blog. Jen

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  39. I am very sorry for your loss.

    My grandmother started quilting when her grandchildren started getting married. she made a quilt or each one (or bought if there wasn't time). Then she made a quilt for everyone who wasn't married. I treasure my quilt so much because she passed in 2006.

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  40. So sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.

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  41. I'm so sorry, Kristin. I'm glad you have such wonderful memories.

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  42. I am so sorry for your loss =(

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  43. Kristen, what a loving tribute you've written about your Grandma. What a generous gift she gave you.

    Condolences to you and your family, sent with love. xo

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  44. So, sorry to hear about your grandmother.

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  45. A good innings for Grandma and lots of lovely memories for you.

    Penny
    x

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  46. we know
    she passed
    her baton
    on to YOU ——x

    teri

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  47. You will think of your grandmother every time you see and touch the quilt;)

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  48. I am very sorry for your loss!

    Take care
    Anne

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  49. Lovely words about your grandmother. She will live on in you.

    Debra

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  50. I am so very sorry..I am glad you are blessed with lovely memories of her. Hugs.

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  51. My deepest sympathy to you & your family. The gift she passed on to you is priceless!

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  52. I am sad that you have lost your Grandmother Kristen. I can just imagine the wonderful treasure trove of memories she has left for you. Sincerely, penny x
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  53. My Grammy died 2 weeks ago at 97. She was not handy or crafty, but she sent me boxes of twinkies when I was in college, and asked for afghans and hand knitted socks for presents. I hope your memories are peaceful and joyful, knowing that she is at rest.

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  54. I'm sorry for your loss,
    Tracey x

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  55. Such sweet memories to help comfort you on this very sad day. More memories shall flood the sadness day by day.

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  56. I had a Grandma like that too, and I miss her still. She lived to be 92 and it wasn't long enough. I'm sorry for your loss, but glad you had such a great Grandma.
    Beth F.

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