The Quilt

One year after a particularly rough set back on our hopes to start a family, I decided to make Jenn something special for Christmas.

I wanted to make something that would symbolize our hopes and last a long time. I decided, despite the fact that my sum total of sewing experience was re-attaching a button, to make a family quilt.  I still have a dilapidated quilt that my great grandmother made and it is very special to me.

I began by collecting worn old plaid pajamas and cutting them into squares.  I kept them olled in a blanket so that Jenn wouldn't know the secret until Christmas morning. I bought batting and pretty red fabric to go on the back.  I saved two pajama squares with pockets to go at the top for holding tissues in case someone's home sick with a cold.

One day after Thanksgiving when Jenn went Christmas shopping with the girls, I assembled the whole thing and sewed for hours until the quilt came together.   The quilt was done!  I wrapped it and put it under the tree for Christmas morning.

I knew it would be something special, but I was completely unprepared for Jenn’s reaction.  She cried tears of joy for what seemed like forever. I didn't know what to say except, “This is for our future family!