I have the saddest news to share.
Yes, we have laid to rest my dear grandmother, Mary Wharton, a woman who lived a blessedly long 98 years. My head tells me that I should have been prepared for this; after all, she had been growing weaker and more fragile these past few months. My heart tells me, though, that I wasn't ready; I will miss her so. This tug-of-war between my head and my heart has me discombobulated - one minute I can be giggling about stories and memories of Grandma, and the next I will be blubbering so much that I can't even talk.
Grandma died on Saturday night, around 9pm. Hospice had been called in just over 24 hours earlier, and we were preparing for the end. Burial was yesterday.
|Grandma and I at her quilting frame. I own the quilt. And now, the frame.|
I recall one of the first grown-up-to-grown-up days Grandma and I spent together. I was home from college on Christmas break in 1976, and Grandma was recovering from her first heart-attack. She wanted certain baking done for the holidays, so I went to her house to do the work while she directed from the sidelines, telling me what to do and how to do it. That day was the first time I ever made a pecan pie and a mincemeat pie. I made cookies and candies, too. We were in the kitchen all day, and I recall it as being very pleasant. We worked well together.
My increasing interest in quilting, however, was what really cemented our bond. As a young wife and mother in the 1980s, I wanted quilts, and I knew the only way I'd ever have a lot of them was to make them myself. I already knew how to sew, and from time to time I needed just a bit of direction and advice with quilt-making which she was able to provide. We talked the same language when it came to quilts.
I invite you to scroll up to the top of the page and click on "Grandma's Quilts" (if you have a mobile device, you have to go to web version). You will see a few of the hundreds of quilts my grandmother made over the course of the 70-plus years that she quilted. I expect I have written about or referenced Grandma here on the blog about 40 or 50 times, so a search of "grandma" in the search box will offer up a plethora of memories and stories of my sweet and amazing Grandma.
Happy Quilting, Friends!