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For as long as I can remember my mother has quilted. I can remember watching her in the winter as she sat under a big, brightly colored quilt that she was stitching by hand as a gift for me. I wanted gold colored thread with a teal colored quilt, I remember her struggling to get that thread to cooperate as it was not very easy to quilt with, but she didn't give up on it and now I have a wonderful memory and keepsake that I will always have to cherish.

A few weeks ago when I went to pick my girls up from a cousins sleep over that had occurred at my parents house, I sat in the living room in awe of all of the memories that were strewn around. One of my girls sat under a quilt made by mom snuggling with Grandma's dog.

Another sat watching an Ipad wrapped in Grandpa's new quilt from Christmas. I couldn't help, but thing of all of the memories that were surrounding our family with her handmade quilts.

I am blessed to have several quilts that Mom has made for me and now even let my girls use some of them. The one pictured below currently on my bed and is one of my all time favorites! I just love the bright colors!

Not only have I been blessed to be the recipient of many of my Mom's quilts, I have had the opportunity to have her stand over me and teach me how to sew and quilt myself! I now understand why she loves giving quilts as gifts because they are such an amazing keepsake and getting to see the response of the recipient is awesome and great for the soul.

Wedding quilt I made for our niece.

Another blessing that my Mom has given us is that she has taught ALL of her granddaughters how to sew and quilt. In fact that is one of their favorite things to do at Grandma's house. I know this is a skill that not all children have the opportunity to learn anymore, I hope they pass it on to their own children some day.

At this point all of her grandchildren have received a quilt, most are made specifically towards their favorite colors or sports teams. Do you want to know the most important thing though? Beyond their bright colors and fabulous patterns is hours and hours of love. One of these large quilts takes so much time to create that I know she pours her heart into each one and making each quilt as individual as possible.

Behind every quilt is a story and a memory that will last years and years to come and I hope and pray that someday my great grandchildren will someday snuggle up under one of these family heirlooms and get to hear stories of their Grandma that worked many hours to create keepsakes for her family to enjoy.

Love you, Mom, thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us!

Do you have a favorite quilt or family heirloom? Do you know how to quilt or have any quilters in your family? Maybe you have memories of watching family members sew or quilt. Comment below and tell us about it.

From the gravel road-



Seriously. If you have Netflix and haven't heard of Marie Kondo I am shocked! I had read her book a few years back and attempted to put her practices into my life, but it only lasted about one load of laundry.

Over winter break and many times of feeling guilty telling my girls to clean their rooms, when I knew mine was not clean,  I was scrolling through Netflix and stumbled upon her new show, Tidying Up.  I had just purchased a new to me bedroom set and felt like this was the perfect time to go for it!  

I literally took every piece of clothing out of my closet and drawers and piled it in the living room (I can't believe I didn't take a picutre, I will be honest it was a little embarassing.) Once I piled everything in the living room I grabbed boxes and bags, boxes for our local consignment shop and to give to a clothing drive at church and bags for clothes that needed to be turned to rags.

After almost 2 days of going through EVERYTHING in our bedroom we moved the new bedroom set in and loaded up SEVERAL bags and boxes for donation.  I will be honest, I didn't really "talk" to each piece of clothing, but I did "let go" of some things I was keeping just out of good times or memories that I thought of when looking at the item. 

I vowed to make our bed each morning, fold our t-shirts in tiny little rectangles, and be a good role model for our girls.  Yes, mom, you read that I vowed to make my bed each morning (I was taught how to make my bed, honestly just never did it.) Now, as I sit here on day 18 of operation restful bedroom that doesn't cause anxiety, I am so happy that I was reintroduced to Marie!

Have you watched Marie's new show or read her book?  What are your thoughts on her methods?

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