The woman's grandmother-in-law has dementia so she was unsure if the elderly would remember the quilt but her reaction left the woman speechless.
Everyone has different ways to remember a loved one they have lost. Some people keep their pictures, while others keep things that remind them of their beloved. It just makes them feel that even though the person is not around, there are memories that they could cherish. Kasandra – a seamstress from Canada who goes by @wild_quilts on Instagram – usually creates handmade garments from vintage textiles. She decided to do something special for her grandmother-in-law and it would surely make you emotional.
She posted a video of creating a special jacket from a quilt that her husband’s grandfather slept in every night. The overlay text reads, “My husband’s grandpa slept with this quilt every night until he passed away 2 years ago.” Kasandra then shows the beautiful quilt, which has varied colors. “It has been loved so well that it is falling apart,” reads the overlay text. The quilt’s fabric appears to be worn out. Then she says that instead of storing it away, she has decided to make a jacket for his wife. She can be seen stitching the quilt using a sewing machine. She then shows the final result and all the colors make the jacket look so pretty.
The video soon went viral with about 3.4 million views. It is captioned, “Let me know if you want to see her reaction to the jacket. My husband’s grandma has dementia, so we are not sure if she will remember the quilt, but we hope that she will recognize it and that it will bring back fond memories of her husband. My husband’s grandpa was a girl dad - he had 4 beautiful daughters. I love that he slept with a colorful pink + purple quilt.”
People on social media loved the idea, but some wanted it to be left as it was. @rcafflyer commented, “Noooooo!!! It’s the fading and wearing that made this quilt so special. I would have carefully made small sewing repairs and found a place to hang or put away for future generations to look and see.” Kasandra responded to this comment and said, “I did a lot of mending! Now, the future generations can see it as a jacket. The center of the quilt was in the best condition and is being made into a smaller baby quilt!! All is not lost.” @malorienil shared, “I would personally prefer the jacket. It would be like my loved one hugging me all the time.” @the_real_barefoot_contessa said, “I just turned a beloved quilt from my great-great-grandmother into stockings after its life as a blanket was over. It can continue to be a family heirloom!”
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She later posted a reaction video of her husband’s grandmother. She can be seen looking at the jacket but doesn’t recognize it immediately because she has dementia. She then smells the jacket and instantly feels comforted. At the end of the video, she can be seen sitting in a wheelchair wearing the jacket. The overlay text reads, “She can now wear his memory every day.”
The video is captioned, “You have all been waiting for my grandma’s reaction to the quilt jacket that I made out of her late husband’s quilt. Because she has dementia, she didn’t immediately recognize the quilt but was so happy once she realized it belonged to her sweetheart. Scent brings back so many memories and I’m so glad she was able to smell her husband again. She did not want to take off the jacket once she got it and she even wore it all of Christmas Day. I’m so happy I was able to give her some memories of her husband to hold onto.”
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