It's been well over ten years since my mother died. My elder sister still has a lot of her domestic processions, sheets, purses, and clothes. When she visited recently, she brought with her 2 of mother's old floral sheets, and asked if I could quilt them for her. They weren't in the best of condition, but this seemed so necessary for her, I did it gladly. We had a lovely day out, (she's not very mobile anymore, 70 yrs.), buying thread and batting and touring a few quilt stores looking for design ideas.
She watched silently as I loaded mom's sheets onto my machine and for the 2 days it took me to quilt it, a simple floral design, and never left my side. There was a large header on one, enough to bind the quilt. After vacuum packing it into her suitcase she flew home to Ottawa yesterday.
While I don't fully understand the degree of her attachment to these material things, I was very glad to be able to give her something of mom's that she will use and have near her every day.