Grandmother turns T-shirts into graduation quilts
by Jennifer Cohron
May 26, 2013 | 2196 views | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deloris Brown presents a T-shirt memory quilt to her youngest granddaughter, Lacey Wood. Lacey graduated Friday from Walker High School. Photo Special to the Eagle
Deloris Brown presents a T-shirt memory quilt to her youngest granddaughter, Lacey Wood. Lacey graduated Friday from Walker High School. Photo Special to the Eagle
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Deloris Brown did not suspect what she was getting herself into when she asked her oldest granddaughter, Anslee Brown, what she wanted as a graduation gift in 2011.

Anslee, then a senior at Walker High School, requested a memory quilt. Like many teenagers, Anslee had collected dozens of T-shirts over the years, and she wanted a new way to enjoy them as she embarked on the next stage of her life.

Although Brown had not quilted in years, she felt confident that she was up to the challenge. She had once been a seasoned seamstress and would also use the Internet as a resource for the project.

Her husband, Robert, retrieved his mother’s old quilting frames from the family home place and set them up in the garage for her.

“It came back quickly, especially how sharp the needle was, but more than anything I had time to think about how blessed I was to have two wonderful granddaughters that I love beyond words,” Brown said. “I also wondered what this quilt would experience in the future. Would it wrap around Anslee’s granddaughter one day?”

Brown finished the quilt in plenty of time for Anslee’s graduation in May 2011. However, two years flew by more quickly than she expected and it was time to make a memory quilt for her youngest granddaughter, Lacey Wood. Lacey graduated Friday from Walker High School.

Again, Brown spent several weeks in her garage sewing and wondering how many future generations would be warmed by the memory quilt.

Just as she did with Anslee’s quilt, Brown attached a special tag at the bottom so they would always remember that the piece was made especially for them by Grammie.