This week, I'm only sharing one favorite. Since there will not be food on the table in our study, I'm displaying a very special quilt on this table for the 4th of July.
I can only imagine the work that went into making this work of art. Each State is represented by an outline of the shape of that State, the year it was admitted to the Union, the State Bird and the State Flower.
The grandmother of a friend of ours stitched this beauty. If you've been reading my blog for a very long time, you may remember that a friend of ours and two of his friends came from New Orleans to stay with us during Katrina.
Their small car was packed full, so they could each only bring a few things that they didn't want destroyed by Katrina. Our friend, Kenny, brought his grandmother's quilt.
On the day they left to return to New Orleans, we said our good-byes, and I went to work. When I got home from work, I found this quilt, neatly folded on the bed, along with a thank you note telling us that he wanted us to have the quilt.
I was so touched by his gesture that tears came to my eyes. I emailed him to say that we would keep the quilt for him, but that it should remain in his family, so the next time he was in the area, we would return the quilt to him.
Recently, Kenny died, so now this heirloom is part of our home. What an amazing, generous, and heart-felt gift. As I type this, tears come to my eyes. I'm sure you can understand that, because of the work that went into it, the quilt is very special, but the way we became the caretakers of this quilt makes it even more special.
Wishing my American readers a wonderful Independence Day celebration.
This post is partying at Celebrate It Sunday at Celebrate and Decorate.