Bernard Taylor has a pile of memories of his beloved grandmother, Geraldie Good.
Besides many he holds in his heart, the Spencer flower shop owner has physical memories in the form of quilts his grandmother made over many decades of her life until she died in 1986.
Good's stitching was careful and tiny and her taste for color and design broad. Born in the early 1900s, she was taught as her mother was before her to keep her hands busy when she wasn't doing necessary chores around the house.
So she quilted.
Taylor recalls spending happy weekends and much of his summertime with his grandparents on their farm near Gandeeville, where his grandmother often asked him to help her when it was time to roll a quilt in progress through a frame so she could work on the next part of it.
"She used fabrics from dresses and sometimes she got quilting pieces from a fabric shop on Coal Ridge," he recalled.
Many of the quilts were given to friends and family over the years, and still they piled up in closets and on shelves, more than Taylor could ever need.
Recently, his mother, Violet Taylor, moved to an elder care facility in Ripley and directed Taylor to handle the belongings from her home. She suggested he take the quilts he wanted and sell the rest.
So Taylor asked his longtime friend, Jim Mahaney at Spencer's Berries & Vines antique and gift shop, to help him sell the 50 quilts he has left.