My Father called me tonight to let me know that my Grandmother passed away this evening. She would have been 99 on Friday. We were to have had a family birthday party for her on Saturday afternoon at the nursing home where she lived. I had been looking forward to seeing her and the rest of the family at the party. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember the 5 generations of hands picture I took last June. I am so glad we all took the time to get together to take this picture and spend the afternoon with Grandma. Here is a picture I took of her that day at the nursing home with the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that she made for my cousin when she got married in the background.
She was a beautiful, loving grandmother who shared her love with all of us in many ways--making quilts for each of us, doilies and afghans too. We each got a wonderful assortment of homemade cookies every Christmas for years before she went into the nursing home. My good dishes were given to me by Grandma, piece by piece, for each birthday and Christmas as I was growing up. Nothing made her more happy than to have her family around her.
I know Grandma is in a better place now...a place where her hands can keep busy sewing and knitting and crocheting, making quilts and blankets to share her love with everyone she meets.
Later this week, I will gather up the quilts that Grandma made for me and take some pictures, and do a blogland quilt show for all of you to see her handiwork.