This past weekend, I was given something quite meaningful. I received a special family heirloom; a quilt my great-grandmother Lucy made, affectionately referred to as “Lucy’s Quilt”. Lucy pieced the fabric together by hand and hand quilted it herself. This beautiful blue and white quilt has been well cared for over the years. Although the white fabric is no longer bright white, and the blue may not be as vibrant as it once was, it’s still in wonderful condition. Receiving this quilt made stop and think about the significance of family heirlooms. An heirloom is more than just a physical object. It’s defined as an item with special value that is passed from one generation to another. There is a story behind who made it, who has possessed it over the years and why it remains so special to your family.

Lucy Alsamena Lovelace

My great-grandmother, Lucy Alsamena Lovelace, was born in Skagit County, WA in 1889. At the age of 22, she married William Wallace Jones. Soon after they wed, they moved to Bremerton, WA. William was a navigator for the Bremerton Ferry System and Lucy was busy raising their five children, the oldest being my Grandpa Dean. She lived in Bremerton for the remainder of her life, passing in 1978. My story about Lucy is short. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to meet since I didn’t arrive into this world until years after her passing. I don’t have any pictures of her either, but I do have a special quilt she made. Since my mom is also a quilter, and having a little experience quilting myself, I’m very aware of the time and patience it takes to make a large, hand pieced quilt. I fully appreciate the details of her design and the time required to make a quilt this size. I also applaud her finding time to create a gorgeous quilt with five little children at home! Maybe she reserved that special time in the evening, when all her children were fast asleep, to quilt.

An Heirloom Plus a Story

After receiving this quilt, I immediately felt the responsibility to safeguard this family keepsake for future generations. This quilt has traveled through the hands of my sweet grandpa Dean, then to my dad and now it belongs to me. It has been well cared for, and I will continue to do the same. Someday, it will be passed to my future children, and hopefully the cycle will continue. Along with this quilt, I will pass on the story that comes with it. I will tell my kids about their great-great-grandmother, Lucy Lovelace. I will tell them she had five little children of her own and found time to create this beautiful quilt.

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