I shared with all of you how we lost Hub’s dad suddenly earlier this year. We used to joke around that he would outlive us all just to be stubborn like that. But in the end fate had other plans and just as we thought he was getting better and almost ready to head home after dealing with complications of a heart attack we got “the call”. Things were not as they seemed, and he was gone. The weeks following my father-in-laws passing were filled with all the usual tasks that need to be done after someone passes away unexpectedly – lots of phone calls, organizing and dealing with belongings. As hard as it was that Hubs has lost his father, it was almost harder for me to think about the fact that the kids had lost their Grandfather.
My father-in-law loved the kids, and although we did not visit as often as I would have liked due to distance they where thrilled when we got to visit and see the chickens and horses that he kept. Baby Roo was his first grand-daughter out of 7 grandchildren! He always greeted her with a “Hello Sweetheart”. And it killed me that the kids are too young to remember any of it…. Monkey has a few memories now, but he is still pretty young to keep those memories into adulthood.
When cleaning up my father-in-laws belongings I was on the look out for something that I could keep for the kids, that would represent him. However like Hubs, he was a practical man not one for trinkets or collectables and I wasn’t coming up with anything that felt right. I wanted something that really represented him, not just something that was lying around his home.
It wasn’t until I started to tackle cleaning out his clothes that it dawned on me, my father-in-law ALWAYS wore plaid shirts, they were something that represented him perfectly. He really one had 3 styles of outfits that he wore – T-shirt and jeans for work, and plaid shirt and jeans for all other times. Pretty much every picture (outside of weddings) we have of him is when he is wearing a plaid shirt. But what could I do with them? It is not like I was going to keep a bunch of shirts around as a keepsake. That is when I remember a post i had seen on facebook from a friend. She has a small business called Moment In Time Quilts By Rebecca and creates beautiful quilts with the aim of capturing cherished memories. Just looking at the examples of photo quilts, t-shirt quilts and baby clothing quilts I knew that this would be the perfect way to create a timeless keepsake for my children.
I dropped off 3 bags full of shirts, and just look at the beautiful lap quilts that Rebecca created. They are everything I could have hoped for and know that we will cherish them. Since we had lots of “raw material” to work with I had Rebecca make up 1 quilt for each of my children, as well as one to give to Hubs brother and sister so that they too can have a special keepsake from their father as well.
If you are looking for someone who makes Memory Quilts in Ontario find out more about Moment In Time Quilts. I can’t thank Rebecca enough for giving us a perfect way to remember such a special member of our family.