After a life well-lived, Margaret Hubl died aged 89, and her family had a heartwarming idea to honor her memory and love for handmade quilts by displaying the quilts she made at her funeral.
There are countless ways to show your loved ones that you care.
While some people show love by being there for you when you need them or doing the things you love with you, others use grand gestures like stadium proposals.
For granny Margaret, her method was unique. She was fond of sending handmade quilts to all her family members as gifts.
Margaret was a proud mom of 5 children, three kids she had with her husband Hanry, and two twins she looked for after her sister-in-law died in an accident.
She initially started sewing out of necessity, to make clothes for her five children, which later became her biggest passion and hobby that spread into making all sorts of handmade garments.
And the beautiful quilts she made became gifts for her loved ones. Before her untimely death, she had made quilts for most of her children and grandchildren.
Margaret’s granddaughter, Christina Tollman, revealed:
“She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school.”
After her passing, one member of Margaret’s family came up with a heartwarming idea of displaying all the quilts she made at the church as a way to show their appreciation for her motherly love.
“Never did I imagine how many there were. We covered almost every single pew in that church. I never knew how many she actually made.”
Interestingly, Margaret kept a record of every quilt she made and gave away made quilts, as well as those she reserved them as gifts for future occasions.
Her family members were shocked to learn about all these quilts through her notebook.
“When we sat down to go through her things we found this — I call it a pocket notebook. Inside it says whose quilt she was working on, what day she put it in the quilt frame and which day she took it out.”
“I actually have three cousins that are not married, and the day of her funeral was the day that they got to see their quilts for the first time. That was really kind of a neat moment.”
Although there are a few communities still practicing quilting today, it’s an age-old tradition in the US; and it ought to be brought back to the mainstream.
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