Great Grandma's Quilt

This colorful wagon wheel pattern quilt was made by my great-grandmother, Mary, on my mom's side. The quilt is made of quilting fabric. She lived part of her life in Mississippi, but in 1996, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She loved to make quilts and also knitted hats for premature babies in the hospital. She made a lot of quilts and thousands of hats for infants. She was always doing good for others. For example, she did Meals on Wheels with my grandmother. I have helped several times with my grandmother who is still involved in the organization. The quilt was first given to my grandmother. When my mother was about my age, my grandmother gave the quilt to her. Then when my great-grandmother passed away in 2011, my mother gave the quilt to me. I hope to one day give the quilt to my children if I decide to have any. The quilt connects to my identity and culture because quilting is a Southern tradition. Although the origin of quilting is unknown, it is a well-known Southern pass-time. The quilt is important to me because it reminds me of my great-grandmother and how kind and generous she was to everyone. She was always sacrificing for us, doing the best for us, and spending time with us. I am so grateful that I got to know such a great woman for part of my life.

Place(s): Mississippi,Oklahoma
Year: 1996

– Abigail

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant