Monday, October 27, 2008

Ode to the Butterfly

Below are 4 quilt squares my mother gave me recently. These squares were made by my grandmother who use to do lots of quilting. There were several to pick from but I chose the top two just because I thought the colors were pretty. The bottom two were scraps from two outfits I wore as I child. The blue was a little dress and the yellow was a little pantsuit. Okay, I never said I was the best dressed child but back then you went with what you had. My mom use to sew lots when I was growing up and when we out grew the clothes she passed them onto my grandmother who used them for quilts.

So, I am thinking of framing these and hanging them. What do ya'll think? If you have any other ideas they are welcomed.

So until I do something with them, in honor of these little butterflies I wrote this little poem. Keep in mind before reading, I am no poet.


Ode to the Butterfly

Precious butterflies sewn by hand
You'll never float across this land
But I promise you'll be seen
Across the room, from eyes of green

Colors of yellow, pink and blue
How happy I am, that she made you
Careful stitches, here and there
From a loving heart, full of care

And when I gaze at you across the room
I could never be filled with gloom
Feelings of warmth, love and peace
Will always be there, sure to please.

26 comments:

flydragon said...

I think framing them is a great idea. And I don't know about other times but this time, full of warmth and caring, you are definitely a poet.

Susie said...

Thanks flydragon you're sweet.

Becky said...

Will someone please get me a hankie! Oh Sis, I shouldn't have read the poem this early. I love the butterfly quiltings grandma mad. I would for sure frame and hang. What a wonderful tribute to grandma and momma! Luv you

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love that idea, my grandmother made us all quilts, some of the old clothing from them is incorporated into the quilts. I still cherish them. Frame them, and then you will have them forever. Great memories.

Jen

Cortney said...

Love it! You should definitely frame them and put them in a special place. What a beautiful poem; I have to admit, I got a little teary!!!

Darla said...

Not only do you need to frame those butterflies, you need to write/type the poem and frame it with them, don't forget to sign and date it!

perennialgardener said...

What a lovely remembrance of your grandmother. I would definitely frame them along with that lovely poem of yours. You are quite the poet Susie. Don't be so humble! :)

beckie said...

Susie, I enjoyed the poem! I think it it is expessing just what you want. Framing is a wonderful idea. But be sure to use glass that doesn't let sun rays through to fade the colors. And some where, either on the back or incorparated into the front, all of the information you shared with us. And names and dates as close as you can get. All of which will be appreciated by coming generations.

Susie said...

Bec, Sorry to make you tear up so early in the a.m.

Jen-I don't know if you ever saw your grandmother make hers, I never did. I'm so thankful she took the time to do it though.

Cort-Just like your mom!! I think teary eyes run in the family.

Darla-What a great idea! See that is why I need blogger friends. I would never have thought of doing that. Thanks!!

Racquel-I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Sometimes these thoughts come into my head and I have to write them down. Then if I sit down to write, nothing comes to mind. Crazy huh?

Beckie-I'm glad you enjoyed my poem as well. Thanks for the hints about the sun-proof glass. Blogger friends are the best and so smart too!!

Meadowview Thymes said...

That's beautiful Susie. I would get a frame and put the butterfly on top and the poem on the bottom. This will be a very special keepsake. Be sure and share pictures with whatever you decide you to. What a treasure you have!

Mildred said...

Susie, that is a precious poem. I like the idea of framing the butterflies along with your poem and maybe add a picture of your grandmother or you and your grandmother. Dear sweet Miss Sandy will be posting soon on the significance of the butterfly to me and the recent passing of my Mother. Hope you'll check back. Thanks for sharing.

bennie and patsy said...

Susie thanks for your visit to my blog. The street is Walnut and it is in Blytheville.
Patsy

Susie said...

Meadowview-I do have a treasure here. I spent many wonderful childhood days with my grandparents and am so thankful that she did quilting to pass along to her grandchildren. I will post about my project when completed.

Mildred-Thanks so much for your kind comments and visiting my blog. I can't wait to see what Miss Sandy blogs about in reference to your mom. She has got the most beautiful way with words.

bennie and patsy-So that station is in Blytheville. Does that mean you were raised there?

Dorothy said...

Hi Susie,
I just noticed that you are a fellow Mississippian! Great to meet you and read your blog. I like your poem "Ode to the Butterfly". I'm no poet either, but I write some once in a while anyway. Jen (and others) beat me to the suggestion to frame a copy of the poem along with the butterflies. You'll be glad you did!

Susie said...

Dorothy-Thanks for visiting my site. Nice to meet you as well. Glad you enjoyed my poem. Sometimes I get this itch to write and then most of the time, I don't. I really enjoy writing it's just usually it doesn't make much sense to anyone(including me)haha. I think I will definitely have to frame my beauties(treasures). As I told Meadowview, I will have to post about it when completed.

Rose said...

Susie, your poem is heartwarming and a great expression of your feelings, which is what poetry is all about.
Definitely frame these quilt squares! Beckie's suggestions are good ones. My mother is a quilter, and I've learned from her that signing a quilt is just as important as putting names on the back of old family pictures.

A few years ago my mother dug out a quilt top started by her grandmother. She asked my daughter and me to put in a few stitches before finishing it. This quilt had 5 generations contribute to it--quite a keepsake.

Cherish these quilt squares.

Susie said...

Rose-Thank you for your sweet comments. Everyone had great suggestions and I appreciate them much! I would love to see the quilt top started by your grandmother. What a unique thing that 5 generations were involved with it. That is a treasure indeed!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Susie, what a beautiful post! I go by what others have already said...these beauties should be framed. Sometimes, treasures are carefully stored away, never to be seen or used....

As for the no-poet bit you've written such a lovely poem and I hope you keep on writing...

Have a wonderful week!

Susie said...

Kanak-Framing them is the best option. You are so right, too many treasures end up out of sight.

I'm glad you liked my poem. I was very close to my grandparents growing up so sometimes the words come easy and then other times, not so much.

Thistledew Farm said...

What beautiful quilt pieces - they must be enjoyed. It would also be fun to make some smaller version and stuff them so they can hang from a nylon string. Maybe even on the porch in summer! What a smile that would bring - I might even copy that idea. It would be a great project for my eight year old daughter. She loves to cut and is just getting into hand sewing!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Susie said...

Thistledew-That is a great idea about stuffing and hanging. That would be really cute! Thanks for the suggestion.

Daisy said...

Susie, I really enjoyed your poem and the quilt squares are so beautiful. What a lovely treasure to remember your grandmother by.

Susie said...

Thanks Daisy-Thanks for your sweet comment. My grandparents were really important to me. I have many wonderful memories of them.

marmee said...

these are great, you need to put them up in some way. frame them, make them into pillows, aprons something. i love them!

Susie said...

Thanks Marmee-They are very special to me.

Miss Sandy said...

First off, Susie, the poem is positively heart touching precious! The butterflies are fantastic! I think we were children of the same era from the looks of the fabric. My mother made my clothes too. I remember one red smock top with pants made from a light weight denim fabric that sported a design of huge dice and yellow chains! I must have looked like total goof! I love the green butterfly!!!! Framing them is a great idea!