Sunday, June 14, 2009

Starburst Quilt

This handmade quilt was a yard-sale purchase when we spent nearly a year in Kelowna.

Mom nearly had a conniption when I showed her the embroidered dedication on its underside: "To my beloved granddaughter...."

I had asked the seller if she was sure she wanted to part with the quilt, and said that she would regret doing so, one day. She insisted that no, her grandmother gave her quilted items every year.

When I told Mom I thought I'd go back to the house and tell the young woman how to reach me if she ever changed her mind, Mom advised me not to, because "That girl doesn't deserve to have a quilt like this."

Mom knew the hours upon hours of time that went into the making of the quilt, and was incensed that anyone would sell it at all, let alone for $20, which is probably what I paid.

As a bedspread in the master bedroom at Golden Grain Farm, it barely covers the kingsize mattress I had been sleeping on till this weekend, when I ceded the bed to Everett and moved onto a single mattress on the office floor. We'd been considering keeping the kingsize bed in there but this has made me realize that if we did so, I wouldn't be able to use the quilt Mom gave me as a bedspread. So we'll be keeping our queensize.

1 comment:

  1. I must say that I'm shocked that any person would sell something so special! If she was tired of it - she should have just packed it away in the closet for a few years.

    It's not only the hours that went into making the quilt, it's the love. Imagine - the Grandmother sewing and thinking of her grand daughter and how special she thought the GD would feel when she recieved it. How, years from now, afer she's gone, the GD would still have all these beautiful items from her.

    Your Mother was right. She doesn't deserve it.

    Boy, that makes me mad! But it's such a beautiful quilt, isn't it?


Leave a message here or email me at, home of the snow and land of the wheat!