Tucked away......but not from my heart.
No other word for this but Amazing
|It was tucked away in my keepsake trunk but not from my heart..............|
Many years ago Grandma started working on this bedspread when she received her copy of the American Thread Co Star Book #164 of Tablecloths and Bedspreads. Note the price of 29 cents. (Given the price, I would say she started a very long time ago. Probably late 50's or early 60's) She worked on it, off and on, for many years. Some say fifteen years. She couldn't remember, but said, "A long time, until I finally finished it." I, myself, couldn't imagine even starting such a project. My mom taught me how to crochet and I found out that she also was the one to teach Grandma how. But my mom didn't like to use "thread" like Grandma. Can you imagine? I crocheted a pillow top once with one large block with yarn and I thought I would never get done. I wanted to quit, but I didn't, but I haven't crocheted since. (That was back in the day when crochet vests were popular.) So, I am impatient, OK I admit it, so I couldn't imagine looking at this book and thinking, I think I'll start on that bedspread! and as for using thread, maybe give me binder twine, it would go faster.
By the time she completed the project she told me, "I had memorized the instructions and could even watch television and crochet at the same time."
It didn't compare to the one Grandma had crafted.
I was very disappointed. It didn't compare to the beauty she had made. That got me wondering what had happened to the one she painstakingly put so much of "her" into. So, I thought to myself, it wouldn't hurt to ask her, so I did and I told her about the store bought one and I would pay her instead of the catalog store if she would sell it. I knew how much work she had put into it and she, being a widow on a fixed income, might enjoy the money. She responded, "Many people have wanted it, but no one has ever offered to buy it, so, yes, I would," seeming that this helped her make a decision. " I will have to find where I put it and bring it to you." It was a terrific day indeed. I was excited. The perfect touch for my country cottage bedroom.
But an unlucky day when she retrieved it from the closet and found the mice had found it too.
|Each block is exactly the same. I understand the tension while crocheting has to remain the same or the blocks will be slightly different.|
"Can you really do that, Grandma?" I remember asking, with scepticism.
But she did it. She removed the two chewed up blocks and made new ones, "But I couldn't find any 100% cotton crochet thread and I don't much like working with this new blend." One fine day she telephoned to tell me she was going to deliver it to my house. I immediately put it on my bed, gave her a heart to heart hug and slipped her some money in the palm of her hand as a token of my gratitude.
The memory of her, once more, while holding it close, tracing the thin threads, admiring her wonderful work, flooded me with such admiration and sentiment that I had to wipe a tear.
Well, if you know me, maybe more than one. I dug through the trunk before finishing. Then placed it back in its resting place.Drew a deep breathe. Smiled. Wiped another tear. Smiled again. Wiped another tear...... yes, you get it.
But It got me thinking, how the Declaration of Independence has been saved for over 200 plus years. I wonder if the next person receiving Grandma's heirloom will pass it on through the family and treasure it as much as I do and treat it like the Declaration of Independence? I hope so.
PS- Just got to share this as it is so cute. Grandma's mother's name was Grace. So as a child, when ever anyone sang Amazing Grace, she thought they were singing about her mother ! Isn't that sweet. There are lots of stories to share about Grandma coming soon.
NOTE: The above mentioned publication is in the public domain. If you would like to have a copy of the crochet bedspread instruction like Grandma made please comment and I will send the to you or e-mail me. firstname.lastname@example.org