I have the sweetest story to tell you! Years ago when we were living in Hoboken I found an old pink quilt at my parents home in New York. I must have borrowed it one day from their house and it ended up staying with us for years. It was in pretty bad shape by the time we moved to Salt Lake and Henry was born. It was tattered on the edges and in many spots but it was so old and worn and comfy. I loved it. Finally, it was so destroyed that I tucked it away in a closet and kind of forgot about it.
A couple months ago, my sister in law Rachel offered to make me a custom quilt for the new baby. She just started this brilliant quilting shop called Yellow Bug Quilt where she makes and sells custom quilts for clients. We started talking about all kind of options, I sent her some pinterest links and color combination ideas. I was really excited about it, I love the idea of having a quilt that is exactly what you want. Then one day I remembered that old pink quilt I was so attached to…
I thought because I had loved it so much it might be fun to have Rachel try to repair it and turn it into a baby quilt. She was totally game to the idea and I mailed it out to her. It was in really bad shape, but she managed to repair some parts (with these cute hearts), re-bind the edges, and find an area to use for a baby sized blanket. I was so excited to get in the mail, she did an amazing job!
Okay, so then, then! I was talking to my mother last week and asked her about where that old pink quilt came from. She said her grandmother, Violet Call (married to Henry Call who our Henry is named after), made it for her when she was a little girl! I had no idea it was a family heirloom piece!
I started to tear up hearing about it and thinking that our little girl will have a sweet, beautiful quilt made by her great great grandmother! I’m so glad that I hadn’t tossed it and that Rachel was able make it into something really special.
Do you have any family heirloom pieces you’ve kept? Is that something that’s important to you? We don’t have much but this quilt means so much to me now, I think I might make more of a conscious effort to keep special family pieces around. It makes me that much more excited to meet this little lady (due in a month!)
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>