Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Healing Quilt


I have read in novels and in some history of healing quilts that when someone who was sick laid under the quilt, they became better. Well, I have my own healing quilt. It was made by my husband's grandmother and she gave it to me. Granny was an interesting person who grew up and lived all her life in mountains of West Virginia. She knew all about home remedies, including which tree bark cured poison ivy, and which herbs to take for different ailments. She was also a quilter. One day, shortly after Fred and I had been married, I was visiting with Granny and complimented her on this quilt. She asked me if I wanted it and of course I said YES. It is a light weight quilt, no batting, and the back is flannel. Over the years, I noticed that when I felt sick or just a little down, I would pull out Granny's quilt and wrap up in it. I came to think of it as my healing quilt, but did not share this with my family until just in the last few years. It was after I noticed that my children were doing the same thing...when they had a cold or just did not feel good, they always pulled Granny's quilt off the quilt rack. Recently one Sunday afternoon, my son asked me to will that quilt to him when I was gone - and my daughter chimed in, OH no...this is going to be my quilt. For now, it is mine - my very own healing quilt. Granny may have passed on many years ago, but her legacy lives on. Thank you Granny (Lula Ada Holstein) for a wonderful gift of love.

12 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh my that is a beautiful story of your granny's quilt and how much comfort it gives you and now the entire family. I'm going to have to make my own "healing quilt". Thanks for sharing granny's quilt.

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Linda said...

Teresa,
I love the idea of the "Healing Quilt". Kim was telling me that they just sent one to a friend with cancer and she loves it.

Ellen said...

Yes, I am the one who debated with Bubba about who gets the quilt. I reckon if he says he called dibs first, then he gets it. He must expect me to come over when I'm sick though.

Can you really 'make' a healing quilt? I think it sort of makes itself - or God touches it with His grace or something. This quilt is definitely very special. One of a kind for sure.

Love you, Momma!

Kim said...

What a wonderful story! I hadn't heard of healing quilts before. And what a wonderful family legacy you have!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

What a wonderful story! Make sure to write it down and save for future generations!

Nadine said...

What a wonderful story, Teresa ! (and such a beautiful quilt, too).
I'd love my grandchildren to find one of my quilts (and even "fight" for it ! :>)

THANKS for visiting my blog and for that sweet comment, I've put yours on my list, too...

Hugs & smiles to you,
NADINE

melly~ said...

nothing like your kids fighting over your stuff before you're gone. -lol-

I gave a friend of mine a sweater. it became "the melly sweater" and had many of the same properties as your healing quilt. all her kids wanted to snuggle in the melly sweater, moreso when I moved away. now I'm knitting each of them their own melly sweater. that's the power of handmade, right there.

A favorite quote is "Work is love made visible." by Kahlil Gibran. And it's a love you'll have always, long after the body is gone.

wonderful story. thank you for sharing.

Surfed in from Thimbleanna's.

Thimbleanna said...

That sums up why I love quilts! I see Melly's beaten me over here -- I've given you a meme tag, if you'd like to play along!

Chelle said...

Awww I love that story! The quilt is beautiful! I agree with your daughter Ellen :o) I think God touches it and has his hand in making it with you - all you have to do is pray to God to guide your hand in making the quilt and ask him to bless the quilt.

I will be adding your blog to my blog links. I love reading your blog!

Yvonne said...

What a lovely story! I call mine "comfort quilts" but they serve the same purpose. Hugs and love made from fabric. :-)

Marit said...

I loved to read about the healing quilt, it is an interesting quilt, and a beutiful one, too. I love old quilts.
My husband has a quilt made by his mother, the "Charlie Brown" quilt. He used it for comfort and healing whenever he was feeling sick as a child. That quilt is still with him, and it's a precious childhood memory.
Thank you for sharing.