Margaret Hubl was a woman of many virtues. When she passed away in 2016 at the age of 86, her family was convinced even further of the love she had for each and every person who was part of her life.
Back in the day, when her children were still very young, she started sewing clothes for them. Over time, she excelled this skill and started quilting comfy blankets for her family. Hubl and her husband had three children on their own, but they also adopted her niece and nephew when their parents were killed in a car crash in 1969.
On the day of Hubl’s funeral, her granddaughter, Christina Tollman, asked from the members of the family to bring the handmade quits her grandma made for them to the church so that they could serve as a visual reminder of late Hubl’s craftsmanship.
What Tollman didn’t expect was for the entire place to be covered in her grandma’s work. She wasn’t even aware that the lovely elderly lady had created that many quilts over the years.
“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,” she told Today.
While cleaning Hubl’s house, her children and grandchildren found a notebook filled with dates and names of people she made the quilts for.
“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,” the granddaughter said.
Hubl even had some finished creations at home but was waiting for a special occasion to give them to certain people. Tollman read the names and decided to give her granny’s quilts to the people she made them for, three of Tollman’s cousins, on the day of the funeral.
“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,” she said. “That was really kind of a neat moment.”
“She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school,” Tollman said.
People recalled the times they used the quilts and remembered the good times they spent around Hubl. “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,” her granddaughter said. “When we miss her.”
Isn’t this a beautiful way to celebrate someone’s life?