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Friday, July 3, 2015


Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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. 

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Patriotic Quilt-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.


Ginger said...

What a special and beautiful quilt that is. I can see why you cherish it.

Sarah said...

Laurie, the story of how you came to have the quilt is as beautiful as the quilt itself. Layers of history on this textile! I'm sorry to hear you lost your friend. I know that each time you look at this very special quilt, you think of the generosity of Kenny. He must have been a special individual to have thought to take this quilt with him as he fled the storm.
Wishing you a wonderful celebration for the 4th!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Laurie, how very special. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Such a special treasure and I am sure you will treasure it forever.
Have a Happy Fourth.

xinex said...

What a touching story, makes me tearful too. I remember when you put them up during the hurricane. What a sweet gesture and what a grateful gesture on their part. It is a very special and gorgeous quilt.....Christine

Chloe Crabtree said...

The quilt is beautiful and your friend certainly left you a treasure, obviously he knew you would love and care for it. I hope you will stop by my Sunday link party again, I am featuring your 4th of July Snack Table! I hope your weather held out for your get-together! Hugs! Chloe

Karena said...

Laurie this is such a poignant story and now you have a most amazing and cherished piece of history and friendship!

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