Posts Tagged ‘parents 50th’

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This is me and Dan, and our oldest daughter Cathy, with her little girl Elisa, and our daughter Jen sitting beside me…..so this is who we are, this is my family.

For some reason, it seems hard to get everyone together at the same time, but on this occasion of my parents 50th, we did get a family picture.


This photo was taken at my parents Golden Anniversary dinner, 2004.


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Deciding on what to give my parents for their anniversary was quite an adventure in itself, imagine four sisters all having to agree on the same thing lol but when I revealed the quilt design to my sisters, the decision was unaminous to go ahead with it.

Working together was awesome. Me and my sisters all live out of town from each other, and soooooo, the fun began, of me sending fabric pieces and instructions in the mail to each of my three sisters, none of whom knew how to quilt, but they were willing to give it a try. I began some of the background quilting, and each of us sisters made quilted roses to respresent our children, and our children’s children.

As you may know by now, I had just received my diagnosis of having Huntingtons’s Disease, and I was in the early stages. This quilt had become symbolic for me, and had become very important to finish it. Quilted into this quilt was my parents heritage, and it was through this heritage, this beautiful heritage, that I was now facing life with HD.

I began to frantically wait and wait for the quilted roses to come in the mail, and wondered if my sisters and I would all be able to pull this off. The quilted roses represented our children, and our children’s children, and generations to come. Because you see, not only do me and my Dad have Huntington’s Disease, but each of my sisters and their children are at risk, and my 2 daughters, and my little grandaughter, are also at risk. This diseasse could wipe out our entire family.

Somehow, I needed to complete this quilt, to be able to say, see the beautiful future generations represented in these roses. And then, the mail started coming in…..smile…..what a relief, and the quilt was completed.

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The Family Quilt was made with a lot of love to celebrate our parents 50th anniversary in April of 2004. But it was also made to be symbolic, and to represent past, present and future, and to give hope to our future as a family.

The criss-cross pattern on the quilt is called the Irish Chain pattern. I chose this pattern because Mom and Dad’s ancestors were from Ireland. A blend of two different fabrics were used to create a Double Irish Chain, representing two lives blended together.

Diamonds represent marriage because they are the most indestructible and durable gem on the earth, and so 50 diamonds were quilted into the quilt to represent 50 years of marriage.

In each of the four corners of the quilt is a pattern called Sister’s Choice, representing me and my three sisters, Laurie, Barb, Julie, and Sally.

The burgandy roses represent each of the five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and the yellow and white roses represent all the generations still yet to come.

This quilt is a quiet symbol of hope for generations past, present, and those yet to come.


The photo above is of me and my parents on their 50th Anniversary, 2004.



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My family and friends are really important to me. In 2004, I designed a family quilt for my parents, for their 50th Anniversary. Making this quilt with my sisters, and teaching them how to quilt, was very special to me, and finishing this quilt was really important to me, because I had just received my diagnosis, in January of 2004, that I was in the early stages of Huntington’s disease, and my life was changing forever.
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