Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Memory Quilt II


First block - Grandma's shirt

Every once in awhile, we are blessed enough to meet individuals who inspire us, who gives us warmth and light, who help us find joy during our short stay here on earth.  Anne and Gordon Dayton were my Grandparents.  They were full of life, excitement, and a whole lot of love.

I have two of their shirts that I'm turning into a Memory Quilt.  I started blogging about it HERE.  My hope is that one day my children will read these stories of their great grandparents and perhaps find a little of themselves in Grandma and Grandpa.

Gordon first saw Anne at a skate rink.  He saw her leaving and he thought she was Beautiful!  He didn't know her name, but being the non-intimidated male that he was, he went after her anyway.  She didn't notice him or his frantic effort to get her attention.  Anne was cool and elegant, not a giddy little girl.  He just had to get her to turn around, but she was getting further and further from him.  His last hopeful attempt to get her to see him was to call out her name; however, he hadn't met her yet and therefore had no idea what her name was.  He started calling out names, any name he could think of "Judith!! Mary!!! Gerta!!"  What was he to do?  Louder, "Helen!!! Martha!!!"  And then....she turned around.  :)

Anne was just as smitten as Gordon and  it didn't take long before they said, "I DO"  and they did ... forever.
Anne.  Grandpa was a photographer.  This photo was black and white and he added the pink.  

Anne and Gordon were always on an adventure.

Everyone's sweethearts

They drove across the country on a motorcycle together!

Grandpa's shirt needs a little love and care before I cut it into squares. It's been well worn and loved.

Their shirts before I cut them.
More to come!

Until then, I hope your day is full of sweet memories of someone you love. Happy quilting! -Little Mama Hen

13 comments:

  1. That is just the sweetest story! Can't wait to see what you'll make with his shirts!

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  2. What a great way to pass on wonderful family memories. I love this story. I just popped over from Freemotion by the River linky party, and I am really glad that I did. You have touched my heart.
    Emma

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    1. Thank you Emma. I tried to email you but your email is not available on your profile. I'm headed over to your blog to explore a little. :) Happy sewing. -April

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    2. April, I am so glad to connect with you. Your calling as mama is about the best I can even imagine! Quilting is just icing on the cake. You are obviously creative, and I look forward to exploring your site more.

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  3. Love the memories!! You should print out your blogs and keep the stories in a special binder with a scrap of each shirt and a photo of the finished blocks for your kids in the future. Blog life might not always be here and it would be a shame to loose these stories!!

    Jennifer

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    1. That is a great idea Jennifer! Thanks so much. -April

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  4. Oh it´s a wonderful story!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Greetings, Marita from Gemany

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  5. Wow! (Need I say more?) Such a lovely, heart-warming post. Thanks!

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  6. Wonderful story and the pictures tell a story themselves. Always like to read your blog and see all the creative projects.

    Kim

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    1. Thanks Kim. Is this Danny's Kim? :)

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  7. Ooh I love these stories, real life is more wonderful than anything you can read! And I especially like memory quilts, they're such a touching legacy to remember someone (during the making) and then think of them (in the having of the quilt). Beautiful post!

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  8. Visiting from the Small Blog Meet. :) Oh my gosh! What a great story. What an awesome idea turning their shirts into a quilt to last forever.

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