|My Parents and I circa 1988.|
Handmade gifts are a tradition for me thanks in large part to my Mother. We would spend hours making quilts, crocheting blankets, making pillows and cross stitching. . . and I can't have a Christmas go by without wanting to dip pine cones in glitter.
Both gifts are quilts made from my Father's shirts. Sadly Mom passed away before finishing these - and gave them to me with the request that I finish and keep them for my family.
I have to admit I have put off finishing these quilts for years. . . I didn't want our last two projects together to end.
|This quilt has a mix of my Father's Sunday Shirts and scrap squares of fabric my Mother and I used to make quilts for family members over the years. They still bring back a flood of memories.|
There was never a birthday or holiday that did not see a hand made gift given. While everyone else was out frantically shopping for replaceable things . . . throughout the year - my mother taught me the true meaning of giving.
|This quilt is made from all of my Father's flannel shirts. The stitch is a herringbone stitch that is made with alternating colors of thicker cross stitch thread.|
Remember - there is no greater gift than your time.
What holiday gifts will you hand make this year?
What is you favorite hand made family heirloom?
How do you include family members who have passed in your holiday traditions?