Today is the birthday of my late paternal grandmother, Ocie Jones. Grandma was a prodigious hand quilter. She hand quilted the first quilt I ever made, and I am so thankful to have a bit of her work to share and show to others.
Grandma was also a great cook. No matter how far away my family might be living, we would always travel to grandma’s house to have Thanksgiving. I am also thankful that I was fortunate enough to obtain her formal dining room set that we used to all gather around for Thanksgiving dinner. I use her table and china hutch in my sewing room, and I like to think that she would be happy knowing that I am quilting and continuing to use and love her furniture.
I would not say that I was particularly close with my grandmother, but some of her quilting genes obviously passed down the family tree to me. I am also very thankful to have inherited her homemade yeast roll recipe. Every time I make the rolls, I like to tease my husband that the only reason he married me was because of my grandmother’s roll recipe.
I cannot reflect on the memory of my grandmother without thinking about the quilters in my family. Unfortunately, my paternal grandmother is the only grandparent that I really had much of an opportunity to get to know. However, I am very lucky to have a set of “surrogate” grandparents. These close family friends are family, and Bet is an avid quilter. She and my mother travel together to attend quilt shows and quilting retreats. I am thankful to be able to share quilting knowledge and love with my mom and Bet. Below is a photo of my mom, Lorna, and Bet at my brother’s wedding in 2012.
In honor of my grandmother’s birthday, I want to take a moment to be thankful for those who have joined me along my quilting journey. So, thank you for reading my blog and participating in the journey with me. I am thankful for my quilting family, and I want to acknowledge my extended internet quilting friends as well – the blogging quilting community is such a source of inspiration, comfort, and joy for me. What are you thankful for today?