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Thread: Emotiona Patchwork- The Story of a Quilt

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    Seven days after my birth I was placed in a quilt my grandmother had made and brought immediately to her home. My mother suddenly had no idea who anyone was including her brand new daughter. Doctors hospitalized her, blamed it on postpartum depression and said it would be over in a few weeks. Each night for almost two years my father made the 45 mile journey into Montreal, Quebec only to have my mother insist she had no clue who he was. While he was sitting in the cab of a neighbours semi trailer on the way home, I was being tucked into my crib with the same quilt I came home from the hospital in.

    One night my father gathered me up in that same quilt and smuggled me into the Royal Victoria Hospital hoping my mother might remember me. I can still see her looking down at the cards she was playing solitaire with while I was holding on to the edge of that dear quilt in fear. To this day I will never forget that image - my father says I was barely two but I still remember the grayness of the room. While my life was sterile and cold, the quilt held warmth and security. My grandmother always said that blankets wrap you in warmth but quilts wrap you in love.

    At age 12 my mother died and my grandmother sat with me on her veranda and wrapped that same quilt around me while I cried. Life was never the same after that and the quilt was placed on my bed like an old friend when I stayed with her. I would stare at the painting on the wall while I tried to sleep and thought that a lot of people understood art but not quilts. If I had a lot of money I would own a quilt and not a piece of art because in the end which gives you the most comfort?

    When I got married at age 21 my Grandmother sat at the dining room table for weeks and worked on a quilt for my new home. The pale yellow and pink floral quilt kept me safe from an abuser who thought nothing more of me than a financial way of going to University. I then understood I could trust that quilt with my life and not my husband.

    As I traveled down the road of life that quilt was always there while people came and went. Although it was aging gracefully it was still heavy and secure anytime I needed it. Through death and sickness it held comfort and the promise that it would never desert me. This quilt held my life with all the bits and pieces, joys and sorrows that had been stitched into it with love.

    At age 47 the quilt died peacefully in my arms. A terrible house fire had destroyed it and as I looked at the charred edges I realized the thread that held it together had bound the both of us forever. Now it was time to go down the final road by myself and remembering the words of Herman Hesse I began the journey.

    “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”

    Images and text by: Linda Seccaspina 2011- Quilts on the Tay Exhibit in Perth Ontario 2011

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    How beautiful and sad and lovely and warm and inspiring. Did you have any pictures of the quilt?

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    I lost it in a house fire.. It was pale yellow with patches of multi coloured flowers.
    There are lots of quilt pictures on the link I provided on the bottom from the show.
    Thanks so much for reading.
    HUGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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    What a strong woman you have become, I'm sure in part due to the love of your grandmother and her quilts.

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    I hope things are better for you now -

    And that you can find comfort, love, warmth, and security from people, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    What a strong woman you have become, I'm sure in part due to the love of your grandmother and her quilts.
    It is why I write.. My grandmother started me off with a journal and now at 60 I write blogs every day except Saturday.
    I lost the other quilt but now looking for a special one that I can pass down.
    HUGGGGGGGG

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I hope things are better for you now -

    And that you can find comfort, love, warmth, and security from people, too.
    It has taken a long while.. but if you do not have faith you have nothing.
    HUGGGGGGG

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    Wow. You have faced many adversities in your life. I'm glad that your grandmother was there for you. I'm also glad that you were able to cherish her love of quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangeroom
    Wow. You have faced many adversities in your life. I'm glad that your grandmother was there for you. I'm also glad that you were able to cherish her love of quilting.
    I watched her sit at the dining room table as a child and watched her make quilts with her friends to send them up north to the less fortunate in the Northwest Territories. She was an amazing quilter.

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    I am weeping.........calla

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    Quote Originally Posted by calla
    I am weeping.........calla
    Oh Calla.. you are so sweet.. Thank you

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    I was very touched to read your story - it is hard to share what hurts us the most, but it can be very cathartic. Your life has been difficult, with a lot of loss, but you have learned much and can teach others through your words and experiences.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEL523
    I was very touched to read your story - it is hard to share what hurts us the most, but it can be very cathartic. Your life has been difficult, with a lot of loss, but you have learned much and can teach others through your words and experiences.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you for your kind words.. as I said that is why I write.. Whether it to bring a smile or a tear to someone else i share my words.
    HUGGGGGGG

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    What a beautiful and inspiring story. I wish you nothing but warmth and security and happiness in your future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthie
    What a beautiful and inspiring story. I wish you nothing but warmth and security and happiness in your future.
    Ruthie..
    How sweet you are
    HUGGGGGG

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    For anyone that has lost someone, this is a touching story

    http://www.zoomers.ca/profiles/blogs...brought-back-a

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    I too was touched by your story. It was very beautiful and inspiring! A quilt is a hug! I have given away many quilts and have prayed over each one, that they bring comfort and blessing to the home and person to which it is going to.
    Thank you!

    Oh and Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    What a touching story,your amazing to have shared w/us all.
    Best wishes to you

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    It is without a doubt that your story will inspire others to continue quilting. You said it well when you said a quilt wraps you in love.

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    This story bought tears to my eyes being abused by my Hubby as well I could understand. You are a brave woman.
    God Bless hugggggs to you. :thumbup: :thumbup: :-D

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    Wow, my tears are just flowing over here.

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    A most wonderful story of your life that brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad your Grandmother gave you quilts to comfort you in your life. She must have been a great lady! I hope you have securtiy, happiness and love in your life now!

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    Your story is wonderful and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing. Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    Quilts have helped many of us through life's hardest times. It has been a hot summer and a hard summer for my son's health. In spite of the heat, I want my quilt around me and wrap in it often. I'm glad you had the quilt, made with your grandmother's love to help you through. I'm sorry you have lost it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsapquilter
    A most wonderful story of your life that brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad your Grandmother gave you quilts to comfort you in your life. She must have been a great lady! I hope you have securtiy, happiness and love in your life now!
    I do... thanks so much

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