Nearly every night since we put the tree up the three youngest have slept in the music room around the light of the tree. I hear them talking about what their gifts might be and the adventures of the previous day. Laughter fills the room, and I hope that they will always remember these moments together. Last night they wanted to sleep with their ancestors and cuddled up under our fan chart quilts.
At the beginning of November as part of my family history display I was created I remembered this local company that made family history fan chart quilts: see here. It was a last minute order in preparation for a conference, and they were so fantastic to work with me to get them done in time. I planned to take a quilt when I go and teach because it's such a great backdrop and of course I love quilts.
The quilts were sitting on the couch waiting for me to photograph when the little people pulled them out one evening after dinner and started reading the names and asking questions. I sat and watched for several minutes while they giggled and talked and recognized the names of people. They were creating connections in a way I had not anticipated. They put John's quilt and my quilt together to create a big circle and remarked about how all these people must love them.
They wanted to know more about their ancestors; they wanted stories from the names on the quilt. I found the perfect app/site to help me with this: All my stories. It's not really an app, you use your browser, but it compiles and shows all the stories that people have added to FamilySearch. I just keep it open on my phone and can see if there is anything to share quickly. It has also made me realize once again how important it is to include the stories so I have something to share.
I will have to admit that the fan chart has never meant very much to me, but that night my love for a simple graph grew into something tangible for all of us.
Now the children will grab a quilt and say they want to wrap up in the love of their ancestors.
It made me think to a darling friend, who at the conference said those exact things. She wanted to get a quilt for her grandchildren when they are born so they can be wrapped up love. What a brilliant idea, although I think I have a few children that might want one now.
I have no affiliation with this company, nor is this a sponsored post. I just happened to find them and never dreamed that the quilts would be so meaningful in our home. Here are the details, you need to download your fan chart using your FamilySearch account. If you don't have an account, you can sign up for free. It will always be free. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.
Once you have downloaded your fan chart pdf, upload it in the required spot on the fan chart quilt order form and order. They will print the quilt, quilt the quilt, bind the quilt and ship it to you ready to use. They use Minky fabric on the back, so it's very soft which the children love. I did ask them to boost the color a little bit, to make the fan chart a little brighter.