Monday, September 4, 2017

The story quilt

Seventeen years ago I made a baby quilt for my BFF first grandchild. It was a simple 4 patch pattern that I had found in a McCalls Quilting magazine. It was fun to make, and was enjoyed by the family when it was received.

Fast forward to 2011. This family has since moved to the Ukraine as missionaries. At that time they had five adorable children. And the little quilt I made for their first born was passed down to the babies that followed. It has been well loved, holes and all.

When the family was in the states to renew their passports, Mama left the quilt, now affectionately called "Beck" back at home. However when they arrived in the states, mama found a surprise ........... well, this was the email sent to me from Mama Oksana..........

"By the way, you already know that Damara loves the blanket that you made for David years ago. When we were leaving Ukraine, I left it at home because even though she likes it, she is not completely attached to it. How surprised I was to find out that Dalina, our six-year-old, packed that little blanket in HER little personal carry-on for her little sister! So, the "Beck" (as the blanket is affectionately known in our house) has traveled back to America once again!"

During our move seven years, and while I was working on organizing my fabric closet, I came across it's twin. My daughter had made the same quilt top after I made the original. The top was complete but never quilted, so having heard how ragged "Beck" had become, I sandwiched the top and quilted it. I sent it on to them, so it might become another well loved cozy quilt for little children to snuggle with.

  This is it - "Beck" #2

And now seven years later, Dalina still sleeps with Beck. This quilt is still being loved.

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Doesn't it make you happy to know that a quilt you made and gifted was so well loved?

It sure makes for Happy Quilting!

8 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Beautiful story! How fortunate you had 'baby Beck' waiting in the wings for them to love.

Jayne Honnold said...

I LOVE stories like this! Thank ou so much for sharing!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilt, great story with it. I 'purchased' a baby quilt for a lady hubby works with (her hubby wouldn't let them use the one I had made for the first baby), and the purchased quilt was literally loved to death. I was asked if I could make a copy of it (as close as possible). I did, and it is also loved.

Angie in SoCal said...

Yes, it does. A very heartwarming story. Bless you.

margaret said...

a lovely story how good that the children all love the quilt

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

What a sweet, sweet story!!!

Barb said...

what a wonderful story....makes me smile.

Jackie said...

This is what quilting is all about!