Monday, July 14, 2008

Joni's Grandbaby quilts

These are the 4 quilts I made for a dear friend, Joni. Her ex-husband, but still good friend and father of her kids died way too soon. He wore lots of crazy, cool Columbia shirts. Kinda had the fishing theme going on. Anyway, she wanted a way for her future grandbabies to have a piece of something special from Grampa. She asked if I would take the shirts and make them into quilts. I was HAPPY to do it. Here are the results. 4 good sized quilts. I hope the future babies will love snuggling in their Grampa's shirts. :)

***And, this is from Joni in the comments, but it tells how the shirt quilts came to be from her side. :) Love ya, Joni!!! :) Making these quilts was TRULY my pleasure.

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy...... There are just not the words to say what these quilts meant to me when you brought them in last Friday while you were in Vancouver.
Since grandbabies are still years away for me, I was quite happy knowing that you were the perfect person to hold these shirts until such a time that you had the desire to make the quilts.
I asked Cindy to make me four baby quilts, I was thinking I'd see receiving blanket size quilts, these are more the size of a twin bed.
Gregg was my former husband but he was my friend and I mourn his passing every day. The last room of his house that I cleaned out was his closet. Every time I'd step foot in it, I'd see him, I'd smell his cologne (or tobacco) and I knew that this room was my last link to him as he was. There was not one day that I was in there where I didn't sit on the floor, holding his shirts, crying. It was one of those days that I realized he'd never be there to hold our grandbabies.
Where the thought came from to ask Cindy about the quilts I don't recall but it had to have occurred on that closet floor. There was not one second of hesitation on her part when I asked, not one. Someday, God willing I will have grandbabies, (if there are more than four, they will have to share) and I will hold and snuggle them with grampa's shirts and as they grow, I will let them know how much he would have loved them.
Cindy, you are by far one the sweetest people I have ever met. This gift that you gave to me will never, ever be forgotten.
Much love,
Joni

9 comments:

MichelleB said...

They're wonderful! What a sweet thing for you do. I'm sure that they'll be loved.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- what a nice idea. And how cool of you to do that for your friend. I still have t-shirt quilts to do for a friend of mine who's husband was killed on a bike -- I think I have some sort of subconscious aversion to them or something as I just can't get started!

Joni said...

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy...... There are just not the words to say what these quilts meant to me when you brought them in last Friday while you were in Vancouver.
Since grandbabies are still years away for me, I was quite happy knowing that you were the perfect person to hold these shirts until such a time that you had the desire to make the quilts.
I asked Cindy to make me four baby quilts, I was thinking I'd see receiving blanket size quilts, these are more the size of a twin bed.
Gregg was my former husband but he was my friend and I mourn his passing every day. The last room of his house that I cleaned out was his closet. Every time I'd step foot in it, I'd see him, I'd smell his cologne (or tobacco) and I knew that this room was my last link to him as he was. There was not one day that I was in there where I didn't sit on the floor, holding his shirts, crying. It was one of those days that I realized he'd never be there to hold our grandbabies.
Where the thought came from to ask Cindy about the quilts I don't recall but it had to have occurred on that closet floor. There was not one second of hesitation on her part when I asked, not one. Someday, God willing I will have grandbabies, (if there are more than four, they will have to share) and I will hold and snuggle them with grampa's shirts and as they grow, I will let them know how much he would have loved them.
Cindy, you are by far one the sweetest people I have ever met. This gift that you gave to me will never, ever be forgotten.
Much love,
Joni

Marie said...

Oh Cindy, those quilts are precious and what a thoughtful reminder fof their grandpa. Tears flowed as I read the story, you are a special gal. thanks for being that. looks like vacation was lots of fun glad you are home now.Blessings, Marie

Happy Zombie said...

You are so awesome my friend!!!!

And speaking of awesome... hot topic at HZ is WHAT IS THE PATTERN of the little quilt you made me? Your adoring fans want to know!

Cracking up over the "Cindy, Cindy, Cindy"... I said the same thing yesterday!

I heart you!

Viv said...

Cin - they're fantastic and you are so sweet to make them for your friend. But then again, we who know you would not expect that you'd be any other way. ;-)

jen duncan said...

Hi Cindy- I followed Monica's links over here (I'm one of many swooning over the round flowery table topper you gave her). I just had to say this post really moved me. I love more than anything to see God in people's daily actions. It will come back to you in a most wondrous way, I'm sure!
take care.

Anne Ida said...

Wow! What a story! Those quilts will be treasured by the your friend's grand children, I'm sure! And how sweet of you to do this for your friend!

brigita said...

thanks for sharing that wonderful story with us. and i can't think of a nicer gift than a quilt and these ones will mean the world to that family. what a labor of love for your dear friend!!