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Thread: Granddaughter's quilt .... gone but not forgotten

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    Senior Member ProudGranny5's Avatar
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    I am a self taught quilter. I decided to make my oldest granddaughter a quilt. It took me over 85 hours to make this quilt as I hand cut all her letters out for her name and sewed them. My husband drew me a moon for his part in the quilt. I traced my granddaughter's little hands as well.
    There is a story behind this quilt. Maggie always loved the moon and said it was 'her moon' and she would say she loved you more than the moon and stars and whole wide world. So with that ... I put her quilt together.
    As you can see, there is a big star and 2 smaller stars on one side. That is Maggie and her little twin sisters. The 2 stars by the moon are her 2 older step sisters. The 2005 was hand sewn as was the year she was born and on the other side I put 'Love Mamaw' with a heart.
    Long story short ... I found out past Thanksgiving Day, that the quilt was burnt as it had been torn and 'messed up' as Maggie said. Her older step-sister threw it in a fire. She was so sad.
    Needless to say...I was heart broken but held back my tears. I told Maggie that I would make her a new quilt and she could pick out the colors. Then the smile came on her face. I even told her that I still had her handprints to put back on the quilt. This new quilt...when I get it started will go to her daddy's house where it will be taken care of for sure.
    I still have 4 more to make for my other 2 sets of twins.
    Just a reminder to all you quilters...when you make a quilt 'out of love' for someone... you can't always expect it to be taken care of. Thanks for listening
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    Thank goodness for a wonderful Grandma like you. I hope the ss was punished. that was a mean trick

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    What a GREAT quilt , and you are so thoughtful to remake her another one :lol: Where was the adult supervision when the older SS was throwing it into a fire :? DGD will remember her help with the new one and make it even more special :thumbup:

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    Poor little darling! Thank goodness Grandma can do it again. Send a pic when the new one is done.

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    Wow....so sad, but a very happy ending. I love your quilt, but the story makes it even more special.

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    What a great grandma... I guess I am still young and in the mother stage of my life.. Cause just reading what one child would do to something that was so special to the other child made me want to Whip her *ss.. That little girl would have learned what it was like to lose something that was precious to her.. Kids these days.. Beautiful work and an awesome grandma..

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    You sound as if you handled this mess, beautifully. Sometimes the hardest thing is to not lash out as badly as the step child did. Sounds like she may have been jealous. How would you feel about making her one of her own? Use denims and flannels.

    Makes me concerned for the safety of your DG with the step-sister. I hope someone is keeping an eye on her and getting her some help.

    Hugs.

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    What a great grandma you are!
    I have some choice things I would have done to that child that burned that quilt.

    I'm glad you are making her a new one and this one will be taken care of.

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    that quilt was gorgeous and obviously made with love. you are a wonderful grandma!

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    That is such a labor of love and I am happy that your still able to make another one. She is a lucky little girl to have you as a grandma.

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    Thank you all for the compliments on my quilt. Sad to say...but the step sister is well over 21. She doesn't live with them..neither does the other sister who is I think 19.
    Those 2 step sisters I am so sorry to say...will Never get a quilt from me. They don't know how to respect anything, much less anyone.
    My little granddaughter told me that she will never forget her first quilt, but I told her the next one would be bigger and better as she would be helping me with it. We can make our own story about the 'new' quilt.

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    I love your response ProudGranny I hope I can be a grandma one day just like you are. And I don't think I could make such a bad girl, if she did it on purpose, a quilt.

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    I half way didn't want to read this. I am glad it was the quilt that had been burned. I was thinking something else. Though we put our hearts and souls into making them, they are after all "just things" and the people in our lives are so much more valuable. You are a Great Gramma.

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    You get the "Grandma of the Year" award. It is sad that the quilt was distroyed by someone so heartless but you handled it beautifully. I am sure your DG will love the second quilt just as much and she will treasure the time with Grandma she will have while making it.

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    Sounds like she treasured her quilt very much that's why she wanted a new. Thank goodness for Grandma! This one will be just as well loved from the sound of things! Way to go Grandma!

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    alot of work maybe ss were jealous as they dont have their own quilt made by their grandma

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    If the step sisters are 19 and 21, how old is Maggie?
    That was five years ago, and her hands were pretty small, so she can't be more than 13 at the most?
    Her steps are adults (in age) for pete's sakes!
    How loving of you to make a new one and to let Maggie help you with it. She is never going to forget what a wonderful, wonderful grandma she has. :-D

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    You are a wonderful grandma. Just a thought. Could you print out a pic of the first quilt and include it on the second quilt? Your granddaughter must have some wonderful memories from the first quilt and that might tie it in with the new memories that will be created with the second quilt. And granddaughter is blessed to have a grandma like you!
    Take care, Fran

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    So sad about your granddaughter's quilt. I'm sure it will never be forgotten by you or the granddaughter. So important that she will get a replacement quilt.
    I like the idea of Fran's of using the photo in the new quilt.

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    That was just plain mean! I'm so glad you can make her another one. I know she will be most appreciative.

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    Maybe the step sisters were jealous but they should have known better than destroying what wasn't theirs.

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    What a sad story. The quilt is beautiful and I'm sure she will cherish the new one.

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    such a sad story,but everything always works out,sometimes for the better. step-sister has issues, but that is not unusal in blended families. When my dd was small, at bedtime we would look up at the moon and say

    "I see the moon-the moon sees me- God bless the Moon and God bless me"
    The night when her daddy died ,she said to the moon , God bless my daddy,because I know that daddy is looking at the moon with me.
    She would love to have a quilt like the one you made.
    I hope I'm a sweet grandma,as you are

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    I finished Maggie's quilt in April, 2005. She had just turned 3 years old. She will be 8 this month. Her twin sisters will be 5 and my daughter's set of twins will be 4 in February.
    Fran, I will be posting the new quilt along with the lost one for sure. Now it is just getting time together to put plan and sew it with all my grandchildren. I watch 2 to 5 a day. LOL. Those babies are so precious to me ss you who are mothers and grandmothers know. Life has been good to me through all the struggles. It has made me a stronger person.
    kwhite, I most certainly agree. Another quilt can be made. Maggie was my firstborn grandchild. We have a bond that can never be broken.
    After almost a week of tears, thinking about what Maggie had gone through, watching her quilt burn on a fire...I came to realize that some are cruel and emotionless about other's feelings.
    On the bright side...it is getting Maggie another quilt made. I am so glad that this site is here. It has helped me so much with my quilting. I am just so thankful that there aare other quilters out there who just know how much 'love' aand time goes into a quilt.

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    well, at least it was 'just' the quilt...

    my grandmother's mother (my gr-grandmother) married a man with children when my grandmother was 4 - HER stepsister shoved her into the fireplace saying, "I don't want a younger sister"

    their relationship went downhill from there....

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