When I was little, my mom had a patchwork quilt made by her grandma that we referred to as "the sick quilt". Whenever my brother or sister or I were sick, my mom would make a bed for us on the couch to watch TV while she kept busy sewing, and that quilt magically kept us warm when we were chilled and cool when we had a fever.
Over time, somehow she lost the quilt, and it was missing for quite a few years, until they were packing up their house in Colorado to move back to South Carolina. On moving day, I was sorting through boxes in the garage to be loaded onto the truck, when I came across a stack of old blankets, and there, of all things, was the sick quilt. I went upstairs to one of the bedrooms where she was packing, and when I showed her the quilt, she gasped with surprise and started crying.
My husband and I just celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary, and ever since our wedding, I've been wanting to make a quilt out of the cloth napkins that I sewed for the reception. If you remember from my posts about all the things I made for our wedding, one of my projects was to hem a hundred napkins for the reception. They looked so beautiful on the tables, along with all those little jars of jam for the guest favors.
Of course, no one needs a hundred cloth napkins to use at home, so I've had an idea in my mind to turn them into a quilt, it was just a matter of when and how. Finally, a couple months ago, I began with a sketch, and started cutting out hundreds of little rectangles to be sewn together into blocks. My 63-year old Singer sewing machine must have an amazingly well-built engine, because it kept steadfastly humming away through all the nights and weekends I put it through of turning out seam after seam.
There was no rhyme or reason to how I put all the fabrics together, I just cut and pieced and sewed and watched it all take shape. Never having made a quilt before, I knew the basic concept but really had no idea of how to finish, so every few steps I would watch tutorials to see what I was supposed to do next, and somehow, it all turned into the prettiest quilt I've ever seen. I'm not the most skilled seamstress, and this quilt is not perfect, by any means, but I like the flaws and imperfections, too.
I was so happy to finish it with just a week to spare before our anniversary, and my husband has already given it a test run for a nap on our couch this weekend. All the different fabrics are just so pretty - there is the fabric from the napkins, as well as leftover pieces from decorating the jam jars and also the groomsmen's ties. I just love all the memories, and I hope that someday, our kids will love what it represents and cherish it like I do.