Almost two years ago my husband's younger brother died unexpectedly. As we were trying to put together our thoughts and emotions, as well as a funeral, a neighbor asked my mother-in-law for some of Stephen's clothes for a quilt. What do you do with someone's things after they are gone? So, after my husband took a few t-shirts for sentiment my mother-in-law rounded up an old dress shirt and tie, his painting pants, college sweatshirt,camping plaid flannel, and snow boarding beanie and give it to the neighbor. A few months later, with the help of some of the youth at the local church, the neighbor presented this:No, it's not a technical quilt. And yes, it could be done a million different ways. But, can't you feel the spirit of it? As a family we cherish this quilt because it was made with love and because it is so Stephen. And a quilt like this doesn't have to follow death, it can follow a graduation, a growth spurt, a birthday, the last kid, or time to leave home. Fabric can be more than fabric. It can be memories.
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