Margaret Hubl made thoughtful quilts for each one of her children and grandchildren and now they're paying tribute to the beloved quilter.
Margaret Hubl from Nebraska passed away at the age of 89 and her family is keeping her spirit alive through her love of creating thoughtful quilts. Hubl had sewn many quilts over the years in her lifetime for her family. While for most people it's nothing more than a hobby, for her it was a way to express her love for her near and dear ones. So they, in turn, decided to honor her and her legacy at her funeral a few years ago. Hubl's 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,” Hubl's granddaughter, Christina Tollman, told TODAY. “We covered almost every single pew in that church. I never knew how many she actually made.”
The most beautiful thing about Hubl's quilts is the meaning behind them and the connection they have to her family. Not only did she raise three children of her own, but she also opened up her home and heart for her sister-in-law's twins after a tragic accident turned their world upside down. Along with her husband she raised 5 children in a small three-bedroom home on their farm. She took up sewing so she could make clothes for her children and over the years when they had their own set of children she sewed quilts for them too! The loving grandma began the tradition of making each grandchild a quilt as they graduated from high school. “She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school,” said Tollman. As Hubl’s children began to take care of themselves, she started to put more time and energy into creating the thoughtful quilts. They even became a memorable gift for each grandchild on their wedding day. "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 really put her heart into each item and thought about each person who would be receiving the quilts, too. “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.”
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Something as simple as a quilt can signify warmth, comfort and given the fact that Hubl made them herself indicates a lot of love when into it. Hubl's family now will remember their sweet mother and grandmother with thoughtful gifts: something to hold on to, to wrap around themselves whenever they need to feel the comfort of their loved one. “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."