Grand Champion Prize -Day 19- NaPoWriMo

wedding ring quilt

wedding ring quilt (Photo credit: pinprick)

English: Wedding rings Português: Anéis de Noi...

I quilted a quilt for the fair
made every stitch by hand
but I didn’t win a blue ribbon
as I had so carefully planned.

They placed a white ribbon on it
and called it a third place prize.
The pattern was a wedding ring
of many colors in king size.

“Beautiful,” my granddaughter said.
“I’ll save it for my wedding day.”
She pinned a blue ribbon upon it
and carefully packed it away.

Last week at her garden wedding,
a hot sun caused roses to wilt.
But hanging there by the roses
was my king size, blue-ribbon quilt!

Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

10 comments on “Grand Champion Prize -Day 19- NaPoWriMo

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  2. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    I can imagine using the quilt as a back drop for a wedding, what better way to honor a family member than to display the quilt they made with love and with their own two hands. My grandmom used to have her “quilting circle” once a week at her house and the women would sit 3 on each side their hands so busy making the tiny stitches as they talked. Grandmom would say “well today is my quilting bee”. Our clue be on good behaviour today 🙂


  3. I had the same question–the poem feels so personal I wondered if it was autobiographical!


    • Hi Inger! I’m going to try your latest recipe for spaghetti, one of these days! You have a wonderful website. I want to learn how to link out to it, but someone will have to show me.


  4. I have to know…”true story”?…or just your lovely imagination…I can see you doing such!


    • Not true. Just a poet’s use of imagination and hyperbole! Not a quilter although Quilting magazines have published my poems. Not this one though. Many of my ideas are based on my experience of growing up. My mother quilted and often neighbor ladies met to quilt. My mother-in-law was also a quilter and made beautiful quilts. When she passed away, I divided her quilts among her grandchildren. I have made a couple baby quilts, with help from my sisters. 🙂 In our town, there is a quilters club, and quilts are entered at the fair competition. Thanks for your question/comment. I appreciate it.


  5. Catherine Johnson says:



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