Home again, home again, jiggity jig - My parents Gene and Marian Long and their Christmas quilt "Santas on Parade"

After 41 days in the hospital and in rehab, my Daddy-0 finally made it home on New Years Eve and both he and my mom are very glad to be there!  A week or so later, my sister Denise took this picture while visiting and sent it to me.  You can tell  by the smiles on their faces how happy they are to be in their own digs again and hopefully, how much they like the quilt.  As you may recall, this is the only quilt and quilt owners about whom my prediction was correct!

My folks were married in 1959 when I was almost four years old so while I do not remember it per se, my sister Bev and I were guests at the wedding, in matching dove grey sailor outfits no less.  I feel very fortunate to have this woman in my life. She raised me as her own and loved me entirely.  She has been the glue that has held our family together for so many years.  She is gramma to every grandchild, a great basketball player in her heyday (now a Wii bowling champion) and the maker of countless Christmas cookies, packed into coffee cans and stashed in the refrigerator until the day only she knows before Christmas when we can start eating them. 

My dad taught me to swim, to catch a fish, to work hard, to never give up.  It is by his example that I have accomplished what my life's work has been, up to and including the Christmas quilt project.  Always a lion of a man while I was growing up (being scared to death of disappointing him kept me on the straight and narrow through my teenage years), he  became a gentle man after his disability 30 years ago and found the strength then to tell us he loved us.  Life has not been easy for my parents but they have carried it off with grace.

My parents have owned a few of my quilts; one I made them very early in my quilting journey has returned back home.  When they moved into a senior community, they of course downsized and one of my very first machine quilted projects came back to me.  I hope you both will enjoy your Christmas quilt for many years to come.  I love you with all my heart!


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Comment by Jean Campbell on February 19, 2014 at 9:11pm

Wonderful gift to your parents!!!  I made quilts for all my 4 granddaughters (the 3 youngest for Christmas this year!)  It's so much fun to get pics of them enjoying them! 

Comment by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 19, 2014 at 11:17am

thank you!  They are very special and I doubt that they know it.  I must keep telling them!

Comment by Lucy Thompson on January 19, 2014 at 10:15am

Such a beautiful tribute! I can feel every heart felt word of it. Beautiful quilt for a beautiful couple.

Comment by Ethelda Hillsman on January 16, 2014 at 5:28pm
Of all the quilts, this one is my favorite. Both my parent have recently passed away. I brought their quilts home with me. I have loving thoughts of them when I see the quilts.

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