Re-Purposed: Something from the Past

One Christmas, my mother gave me a quilt she had made from some of my grandmother’s old dresses. Instead of throwing them away, she re-purposed them into something new. I was thrilled, because it brought back memories from childhood. 

The words Color & Warmth are the prompts for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge.  I knew I needed to write about that quilt.


Re-purposed dresses


Dresses Re-Purposed


Feel the cozy warmth

Granny’s colorful dresses

Now a lovely quilt


I don’t know how long I worked on the poem, but I changed it several times. It is hard to convey certain thoughts in so few words. After consulting with a couple of my daughters, I had to include a second haiku.


From Past to Present


Dresses from her past

Became a quilt of colors

Warmth for me today


I’m linking up with #RonovanWrites, #LMMLinkup, #TellHisStory, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #porchstories, #TuneInThursday,  #FreshMarketFriday,  #Glimpses

22 thoughts on “Re-Purposed: Something from the Past

  1. Haiku is harder than it looks. Well done.
    I am going to check out the haiku challenge link.

    In the second haiku, I had the thought that the warmth was (the obvious) physical warmth that a quilt brings and it was also emotional warmth that the memories imparted.

    Lastly, the quilt is lovely. And I want to do something like this with clothes.

    1. Thank you, Susan! It is challenging but so much fun. I think you would enjoy the challenge. It’s a weekly thing with new words each Monday.

      Susan, that’s exactly what I was trying to do – not only portray the physical but the emotional warmth. I am so glad you noticed. 🙂

      Yes, I love that quilt. For now my youngest son has pretty much taken it over. 🙂 My mother and grandmother were quite the seamstresses. I like to sew, but it has been years and I guess I was drawn to other things.

      I hope you do follow your desire to make something like it with clothes. 🙂 Blessings to you!

  2. Yay, Gayl! I am glad you made it back to the Haiku Challenge again. I’ve had to pull back & slow down, but maybe I will make it back there soon too. I love the images that your words convey–such sweet thoughts of both your Mom and your Grandma! Love & Hugs to you my dear Poet/Sister/Friend! xo

    1. Thanks, Bettie. I’ve been wanting to get back to it, but I just didn’t seem to have the words. Now I’ve done two posts in two days! Guess the inspiration comes in stages sometimes.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the poems. I miss my mother and grandmother, but I do have some wonderful memories along with things they made.

      Love, hugs and blessings to you, too, my dear Poet/Sister/Friend. xo I’m so glad we “met” online and hope one day we can meet in person. 🙂

  3. Over decades, my mother made quilts. Now that she is gone, I appreciate more having quilts that she made for us, keeping me warm at night. Lovely haiku, lovely thoughts.

    1. Thank you, Lizl! My mom loved making quilts as did her mother before her. I do have a few of them. There are even three that were started many years ago and never finished. I might see what I can do with them when I get some time. 🙂

      Like you, I appreciate them so much more now that my mom is gone. It’s like having a part of her with me.

      Have a blessed day!

  4. Hello Gayl,

    What a lovely idea! I wish I had thought of that when my grandma passed away, but I was too young. Still it would have been wonderful to have a quilt made of her dresses. I love both haiku. They are very sweet and heartwarming. <3 xx

    1. I had no idea my mother was making it, so it was really a surprise when I she gave it to me. I love it, because it’s like having a part of both my mother and grandmother with me.

      I’m glad you liked the haiku. Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

      Have a wonderful day! Blessings to you! xo

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