July was a long and sad month for our family. Granny lost her battle with Leukemia, and went to be with Papa. There aren't a lot of childhood memories that we had that didn't involve Granny in some way. She was the kind of good southern Granny that everyone should have the privilege of knowing.
She cooked lunch EVERY Sunday for her family of 10. She kept the 4 grandkids straight on Sunday mornings in church while our parents led the music. She taught me all of the good things a southern girl needs to know....how to cook, how to sew, how to cross stitch, how to crochet.
She had two wonderful children, 4 grandchildren, and was able to love 3 of her (should be many more!) great-grandchildren. She was Mama, Granny, and GiGi to those who loved her the most.
She was able to go with us to the beach this spring while Hubby was in Germany. It was baby boy's first trip, which made it even more memorable.
She was able to see all of her grandchildren get married, go to school, start their careers, and start their families.
We all miss her dearly, especially the open arms sitting in her rocking chair at their house, but she will never be forgotten.
Just as I made 4 Memory Quilts out of Papa's clothes, I wanted to do the same for Granny. While Papa's were a beautiful mix of woven plaids, of every color, Granny's closet was full of soft florals.
They made beautiful quilts.
4 matching quilts, sewn with love, full of memories.
Gran was famous for her "house coats" and each one was well loved and worn a LOT. These quilts were made using those coats. The soft, delicate floral prints were lovely.
I don't think I ever saw her wear anything but blue jeans. Ever. Except to church of course. I used her jeans to bind the quilts. It made a neat and strong border.
The backing of each quilt was a piece from her bed sheets. They were of course floral as well.
The quilts still smell like her closet.
It's sad to loose a loved one, but when our family is together, their legacy is there too. These quilts are a soft, simple reminder of the love of a Granny for her babies.