2007 marked the passing of both of our family’s oldest members, Julie’s grandfather and Tony’s mother. Besides the usual tasks of disbursing assets, there were personal belongings that had to be dealt with. Grandpa raised his six children in a three story frame house in Chicago’s Lakeview area and Mom lived in a near suburb that at one time housed 11 children. Both homes were full of over 50 years of memories.
The task of going through your loved ones belongings can be monumental, rewarding and heart-breaking at the same time. Everything seems to tell a story…ordinary objects now have deeper meaning. When we went into each closet and saw all of the clothing hung up neatly in rows, it was like entering a time warp. Every shirt had a story, a laugh, a moment spent. It would have been a shame to discard or donate these clothes that had so many memories woven into the fabric over time.
It was in this setting that an idea was born. Between Grandpa’s colorful collection of flannel shirts and Mom’s long floral nightgowns, a myriad of patchwork quilts could be created. When Christmas 2007 arrived, all of our family members were presented with their own treasured keepsake…there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
This creative act inspired us to offer this unique blanket to all that have shared the experience of having lost a loved one. It is a timeless treasure that brings back fond memories every time we see it… especially when we wrap ourselves in it. It is truly a “hug from heaven”.
Quilts made of Grandma and Grandpa's clothes for my mom, aunts, and uncles (2007).
Quilts made of mom's clothes for my sister in laws (Christmas 2007).