Margaret Hubl had taken time to make every quilt with love, and displaying them in the church made it more special for the family.
Margaret Hubl passed away last July in Nebraska at the age of 89, but her family is never going to forget her. She will live on amidst them forever. Basically, Margaret was a quilter; it was her passion, and her quilts were made out of love. For some, quilting was like a pass time, but for Margaret, it was the way she communicated in love, according to Time. Love goes a long way and it was very clear just how much the quilts she made for her family out of love meant to them, as her children and grandchildren decided to drape all of the quilts that she had made over the backs of the pews.
“Never did I imagine how many there were. We covered almost every single pew in that church. I never knew how many she actually made,” Hubl's granddaughter, Christina Tollman, told TODAY. The quilts are really special, but there's more to it than meets the eye! Margaret spent all her life taking care of her family. She had three children of her own, with her husband Henry, and then took in her sister-in-law’s twins after a tragic accident. Hubl and her husband raised all five children in a small three-bedroom home on their farm.
Hubl initially started sewing so she could make clothes for her children, but then they started growing up and having children of their own, so she had to make something for them as well. So when her grandkids began to graduate from high school, she gifted them with a completely hand woven quilt as a gift. “She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school,” said Tollman.
Hubl didn't just make the quilts and hand them out to whoever graduated first, she gave it a lot more thought than that. “When we sat down to go through her things we found this — I call it a pocket notebook. Inside it says whose quilt she was working on, what day she put it in the quilt frame and which day she took it out,” explained Tollman. Hubl's kids were all grown up and she did not need to take care of them any longer, so she began to give more time to each quilt, which became a treasured gift for each grandchild on their wedding day.
“I actually have three cousins that are not married, and the day of her funeral was the day that they got to see their quilts for the first time,” said Tollman. “That was really kind of a neat moment.” In the end, all of the time and effort she spent into each quilt was worth it. Even though Hubl is not among them now, they've all got a piece of her with them. The quilt surely means much more to them than just a piece of cloth.
“This is the love that Grandma made for each of us. This is what she made for each of us to wrap up in when we hurt,” said Tollman. “When we miss her.” Do you think it would have been this special to them and such a beautiful opportunity to honor their grandma if the quilts weren't handmade? They hold a place in each of her grandchildren's heart because she took the time out to make each quilt especially for each of her grandkids.
Handmade gifts, in this era, are quite rare, don't you think? Most of us have no time to spend on a handmade gift, and we just go to a store and pick something up, get it wrapped and hand it over. But there's no personal touch to it, so it shouldn't surprise you if they leave it somewhere, unused, all dusty. It might have been a thoughtful gift, but it wasn't a personal one and you really can't blame them for not knowing what to do with something they probably already have.
Next time, if you want to give someone something really special, think of a personalized gift. It shows them that you spent time on their gift and it comes from the bottom of your heart. The gift you're giving them is one of a kind, one they'll cherish forever and that's the kind of gesture they'd appreciate and make them truly feel special. They are one of a kind and personal, and also a lot of fun to make. So, let's get creative!