Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
Our household recently acquired a new quilt. Actually, it is a rather old quilt and I am totally smitten with it.
Joyce is an elderly woman whom Matt has helped since he was about 13 or so. Whatever Joyce needs Matt is her hired hand. He shovels her snow when she travels south for the winer, turns on and off her attic fan according to season, trims trees, cleans out storage rooms, etc. Joyce's son doesn't live in Billings and her husband has passed on so Matt does all these things that she cannot herself manage. I find it very heart-warmingly sweet, though Matt tries to downplay it. I am sure Joyce would be able to find someone else if Matt couldn't help her anymore, but I am also sure that it must be a real comfort for her to know that he is around when she needs a little help.
The last time she called up it was to have Matt clear out some things from her basement so that she could get to some keepsakes trunks. He said it was basically a matter of holding up a handful of random things from boxes and Joyce telling him to get rid of it all. She told Matt to take whatever he wanted and he did come home with a few things.
Joyce's quilt is about the only thing I can remember now though because it was just so incredible that it blew me away. Joyce asked if Matt could use a quilt and when he said he could she told him to take it and to think of her when we used it. The quilt was made by her mother when Joyce was a little girl making it around 80-some years old. Every single stitch was done by hand.
I was giddy when I was looking at it and noticed the stitching. Matt hadn't finished telling me where it had come from before I exclaimed, "This binding is hand stitched!! This whole thing is hand stitched!!!" Matt just smiled and said, "Well if you let me finish telling you about it you'll understand why!"
It is a treasure to me almost as if it had come from my own family.