Crocheting, Memories

“Broomsticks and Old Lace”

My cousins and I got together this past weekend to sort through the numerous pictures and handmade lace that we found while cleaning my grandmother’s house.  The house will be demolished soon, so we spent three days recently going through it to see what could be salvaged.  What to do with all the treasures?  The solution – a family reunion.  We decided to get together last Saturday.

The day was  perfect-  from the weather to the great food and sharing  of memories.   It had been humid most of last week.  On Saturday, the weather cooled down to the high 70’s, low humidity, with a slight breeze to make what I think is just a perfect summer day.  Every one bought dishes to pass.

So mush good food...So little time

What an array of salads, each one better tasting than the last.  Such fun!

We looked through family pictures and so much other memorabilia.  The highlight of the day was a baby book belonging to my cousin.  Her mother had died when my cousin was 13 months old.  She and her father lived with my grandmother for most of her childhood.  She had never seen the book.  Most of the entries had been filled in by her mother.  We all enjoyed looking at it with her.

Sharing Memories

We also found a purple heart fr0m World War II that belonged to my uncle who was killed in a tank explosion.  In addition there were things like school report cards and letters from Italy and her sons during the war.

The ‘broomsticks and old lace’ is really ‘a rolling pin and old lace’.  I remember helping my grandmother  roll out the pasta with this rolling pin. It was the one item I really wanted.

She would also crochet by the hour.  At the reunion, we were able to sort through and share many of the pieces she had made.

One of my cousins chose a lace tablecloth that my grandmother had made.  Unfortunately it needs some repair, so I’m on a mission to find someone to fix it. I’ve washed it with quilt soap and laid it on a sheet on my lawn to dry.  I think it is beautiful.

Tablecloth drying on the lawn

Detail of Tablecloth

I also chose a large strip of lace that must have been made for a bed-sheet.  Not sure how I can incorporate it into a quilt, but I’ll do some research – You never know what I am going to come up with.

Detail of lace strip

A beautiful day to share memories with family!

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Shelley C August 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

    What a wonderful day! Sharing memories; saving a bit of history for future generations. Your grandmother was a talented lady!

    • Reply Lucia August 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      She certainly was. I’m hoping some of that creativity rubbed off on me.

  • Reply Diane August 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    The lace is gorgeous! What wonderful memories to have!

    • Reply Lucia August 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      I treasure them. I’m one of her namesakes – and that makes the memories all that more precious.

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