February seems to have been the month of Pillows.... with Sew Mama Sew's Pillow of the Day and frequent tutorial posts, pillows are on our minds!
I thought I'd celebrate the last day of Pillow Month with a special family story.
Meet Grandma Hattie. Well, actually great-grandma Hattie. She was my husband's maternal grandmother's mother. Did you follow that? Born in 1909, she was the youngest of eight children. Her sisters and aunts were quilters and farmers wives in Michigan. She was a smart and progressive lady, learning to drive at the age 13 and attending university for 2 years. After having her first daughter, Marjorie, she still worked part time as a bookkeeper for her two brothers' hardware and grocery store.
Between bookkeeping and 4 children, she still found time to sew and quilt with the women of her family with babes in arms and children under the quilt frames.
This photo was taken circa 1976 or 1977. Hattie had 4 children and 18 grand-children. She made pillows for all of them for Christmas that year. An unbelievable 22 pillows! Of course in the 70s, there were no rotary cutters, so all of these pillows' patterns were cut with scissors using tracing paper.
Many of these pillows are still displayed in my husband's families homes. Remembering her for the great woman she was. I only met her once that I can remember, and it was before my quilting days. I never got the chance to absorb any of the craft from her before she passed in 2002 (at 93) shortly after my husband and I were married.
One of the things that draws me to quilting is the legacy of it. Someday I would love to have a stack of quilts or pillows a mile high to pass on to my children and grandchildren, just like Hattie. And hoping they know the care that was taken in selecting the fabric and sewing each stitch with love.
Hattie's story and these pictures were put together with the help of Hattie's daughter, Patricia. Thank you so much for sharing Aunt Pat (she is a quilter herself and we have had a good time chatting about all these things!).