Monday, November 21, 2011

Fabric Surprises

As most of you know, my grandma passed away last Sunday.  With family flying in and out of town, the funeral, etc., the last week has flown by.  Yet, at the same time it seems like we've lived a month or two since that time.  So so busy, and emotional.  

My mom has also made a couple of trips to my grandma's house to look through all of her things (along with her siblings), and pick out special things or things to keep.

I was shocked when she brought these two tubs of scraps to me the other night. I had no idea that my grandma had all of this fabric.

On top in the above picture is a quilt top made of wool scraps.

I had so much fun looking through these bins and finding little treasures.  Scraps, cardboard quilting patterns (used before the days of rotary cutters), and a couple of stray quilt blocks.. even some stacks of cut triangles, squares, and tiny squares.  Wow.. and the thing that is the best of all.. when I opened these bins, the fabric smell smells just like I remember my grandparents house smelling when I would spend the night there as a little girl!  Inside these bins, time stood still. *tear*

The first scrap that I saw when I opened the first bin was this, which warmed my heart b/c I actually wore a black houndstooth top to her memorial service on Thursday.

Some other eye candy fabrics that I found.. the elephants are yummy!

Look at these.. I have plans for them!

The large double-knit 9-patches I'm not so sure about..
(sorry the pictures are so dark)

One more poignant photo to share. After the graveside portion of the service was over, my cousin Kristi and I were visiting, when they started the burial.  We started to leave, but our kids wanted to stay and "watch the dirt".  My son loves any kind of dirt moving machine!  They sat down on the grass and settled in, and I snapped a couple of photos with my phone.  Not until I cropped the photo did I realize how Karli was holding the flower.  This photo melts my heart.

I am so thankful for all of the memories and times I got to spend with her, and that my little boy was born in time to have 5 years with her.  Hopefully he will have  memories of the times he spent at her house. (and maybe a quilt or two from her scraps)  I miss her!!

Gonna link this post up to Melody's Tuesday Treasures. 


stephmabry said...

I have some of those teeny tiny squares! When I was going through my aunt's fabric stash (her version of cleaning house, haha!) I found four boxes of them. They were fabric samples from a company I can't remember the name of - the idea being, you send them back the square and the yardage you wanted. I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I look forward to making something with them! :)

sunny said...

Wow - two big tubs of memories. I love the picture of the kids, another sweet memory.

Wonderful memories for you, Kelli and what a wonderful surprise...

Becky said...

So hard to lose a loved one, but you are so blessed to now have a part of her in all of those cute fabrics. What a great treasure! Looking forward to seeing what you create from them.

What a beautiful photo of the children. Those scraps are going to be wonderful and I'm sure the finished projects will prompt many happy memories xx

Rain said...

Wonderful surprise gift from your grandmother! The pic of your children is beautiful !!

Melody said...

What a wonderful photo of your children, and your tubs of fabric are great. Thank you so much for sharing with us all today.

Anonymous said...

oh Kelli my heart goes out to you.xo

Unknown said...

What a beautiful and moving photo of your children. So many fabrics as memories.

So sorry to read about your thoughts are with nice that you have all of your Nans fabric...

What a lovely surprise and it will provide you with so many nice memories! The pic of the kids is such a treasure!

I am so sorry that she passed away, she has left a great treasure of fabric for you. That is precious.

Aww, what a lovely treasure trove for you to remember, and I know just what you mean about the smells. My gran's house has a particular smell, and I always associate it with my childhood.

Very poignant photo from the burial too, how sweet with the flower

Bev C said...

Hello Kelli,

It is funny how smells reamin with us for so long. Enjoy that fabric. The photo is a perfect shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Happy days.

Ellen said...

Lovely story - whatever you end up making will be a memory of and a tribute to your Grandma. Love the picture of the kids.

I am so sorry for your loss. It looks like you will have wonderful quilts to share with your family. May God be with you and your family during this time.

aw what a sweet post and a great memory for your children.

I know it's a sad post but it's also a lovely post - full of poignant moments...take care xx

Kelli how precious! I agree those elephants are great! How lovely to be able to make beautiful things from your grandma's fabric. Huge hugs to you xx

Katie said...

You captured such a tender moment.

That is great that you are going to use her fabrics and be able to remember her everytime you use those quilts.

I am so sorry for your loss. I think it will be wonderful to have some quilts that you and your Grandma shared in making to speak.

Karen said...

Lots of wonderful fabric to make something special in memory of Grandma.

What a wonderful box of treasures! Hugs to you.

I am sooo sorry for your loss! Grandmothers just hold a different place in our hearts than others, or at least mine did! I miss my 'MUNNER' still to this day and it has be numerous years since her passing. I too have some of her fabrics that I treasure!

How fun for you to discover some of her fabric stash!

How sweet of your mother to give you the bins. Having something so special to connect you to your grandmother will be so wonderful through the years to come. I have my grandmother's recipe for pie crust and french apple pie, and each year at this time, when I make the pies, I feel so close to her because of them. So sorry that she has passed, but I know you will be with her again in Heaven someday.

Linda said...

Condolences on the loss of your grandmother. How nice that you have those tubs of fabric from her. You can think of her every time you see them in a quilt!

Again I´m sorry for your loss!
I love the picture of your kids, your grandma´s great scraps and that you will get to use them. Stiching up this quilt will bring back memories.

joe tulips said...

I am so sorry. Grandma's are so special! Your fabrics are all the more wonderful. I still have some stuff from both my grandma's. I am still using up old thread...sometimes it is on wood, sometimes, styrofoam!
She will love what ever you make!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelli... oh, I'm so sorry for your losses of late. Time does seem to stand still amidst the busyness. Have fun with the fabrics... wonderful memories in the making.

Andee said...

Aw Kelli,
So sorry that you just lost your grandma. I lost mine not that long ago and often post about sewing with her bits of fabric too. I can't wait to see what you will make from all that fabric gold!

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