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Recently I was looking at old pictures with my grandma and we came across this one.

It is a picture of her older brothers and sisters on their first day of school getting on the school wagon.  On this first day of school I thought my how things have changed but still stayed the same.  As I sent my own children off to school today then went on a walk and say all the mothers walking with their elementary school children to school.  There was a buzz in the air and lots of pictures were being taken to commemorate this great day.  I wondered as I got home, showered and cleaned up if my great grandma felt as I do?  A mix of joy and sadness.  Did she think now I can get something done?

She was a great quilter.  I feel so blessed to have two of her quilts.  This one that I’ve reproduced into a pattern, Love Ida in her honor.

And this beautiful scrappy top.  

Grandma has told me stories of where she got fabric from.  I love hearing about her and her resourcefulness.  I wish I could have known her.  Sadly she died the year before I was born.  I am thankful for her heritage.  And I absolutely love this picture of her with her handiwork.

Isn’t she amazing?

I hope as you send you kiddies off to school that first they have a great day and do well.  Second that you have a very productive day in your sewing room.


  • Anonymous says:

    How great to have that history in your family. It must be nice to have that tie to the past in your quilting.

  • Lynn says:

    I love that picture. I think there is always excitment over the first day of school. This morning I sent my younget one off for his last first day of school and my second one off on a study abroad to Italy. You are right, sad to see them go, but I think I'll be super productive now. We'll see.
    I love those quilts, how lovely for you to have your grandmothers work.

  • Needled Mom says:

    I'm sure that the first day of schiil thoughts are very similar throughout the years. It is met with sadness and joy by everyone.

    What a treasure to have the paper highlighting your grandmother!

  • suemac says:

    My dad still proudly displays one of his mother's quilts on the guest bed. It has several appliqued birds on a green background. My favorite quilt ever.

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