Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Quilt

In 1945 the ladies of the Winchester, KS Reformed Presbyterian Church held a baby shower for their pastor's wife, who was expecting her second child.  As part of the shower, each lady made a quilt square, which was given to the expectant mother to be stitched together to make a quilt for the new baby.  The pastor's wife was my grandmother, Winifred Elliott, and the soon-to-be-born baby was my mother, Kathy.

The quilt blocks were beautiful, but, not surprisingly, Grammy did not get them quilted together before the baby was born, and she certainly didn't get them quilted together after the baby was born!  She did accomplish the task many years later, but since her daughter, Kathy, was much too big for the baby quilt (since she was, in fact, all grown up by the time the blocks became a quilt), the quilt was promised to Kathy's first daughter when she got married.

While some suspected the great day would never arrive, I did actually get married and inherited the quilt.  I put it away for the day when I would have a daughter of my own.  And tonight, Eden for the first time goes to sleep under the Winchester quilt.

Thank you, dear Tabithas of the the Church, who in 1945 made a quilt for the new baby, who became my mother.  I was married in their church building 58 years later, and cover up my daughter with their handiwork 68 years later.  I hope she will be so surrounded by the Church all of her days.

Eden with her beautiful quilt.

Eden picked out this square as her favorite, which is wonderful because Minnie Belle is actually one of the few makers of the quilt I actually met.

Eden points out another square she likes -- this time an elephant.

6 comments:

MOM said...

I'm so glad this quilt if finally comforting a little girl. Do you still have the papers with the description of each block and it's maker which Grammy wrote out?

The Hitchcocks said...

Oh dear, I'm not sure I have that. Did I ever have it?

MOM said...

Ummm....yes, I thought you did. I'll check one place where I might have it.

MOM said...

Eileen Filbert
5:31 PM (11 hours ago)

to me
How wonderful! That is exactly what makes quilts so special--passing the love to each generation. You know the saying--"Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love!" That certainly holds true for this quilt.

Did Winifred assemble it and quilt it?

Thanks, Eileen. No, I hadn't heard the saying, but it is true. I love the Winchester quilt, as we now call it. I think your Mom did one of the squares. Yes, my Mom did assemble it, but I think she had it machine quilted. It was a long time in getting all done. So glad Eden is now enjoying it. So glad you are carrying on the wonderful tradition of Winchester quilting! ;~)

Thanks for writing,
Kathy

MOM said...

Now that I look more closely, I don't think it is machine quilted. Is it, Christina?

Anne said...

That is so sweet. What a wonderful legacy.

I was catching up on posts I missed. You guys have a lot of fun! :)