Margaret Hubl’s family was utterly devasted when she passed away in July 2016. Although her family loved and adored her, they actually had no idea how hard she had been working on her passion projects – quilts. Since the beloved grandmother seemed to spend almost all her free time quilting for friends and family, she had built up quite a collection over the years, as became evident when people brought their genuine Margaret Hubl quilts to her funeral and spread them out for all to see.
A Nebraska native, Hubl lived the American dream. She had a delightful family that she adored and gave everything she could to lift them up. She passed away at the age of eighty-nine and dedicated herself to her community, as was evident by her commitment to quilting. Over the course of her lifetime, according to her loyal granddaughter, Christina Tollman, Hubl handcrafted more than one hundred quilts for the people she loved.
When friends and family were invited to her funeral, Hubl’s family asked them to please bring their quilts. They hoped that if people brought these quilts, everyone who attended the funeral would be able to see the amazing work Hubl had done throughout her life.
Quilts are so much more than blankets. They’re a timeless reminder of love and adoration. They bring families closer and help people feel connected to each other. While a cynic might argue that Hubl waisted her time making so many quilts, an optimist would point out that by doing so, she was able to build a large community of love around her that was represented at her funeral.
Tollman told TODAY, “Never did I imagine how many there were. We covered almost every single pew in that church. I never knew how many she actually made.”
Hubl began her quilting adventure after she started sewing her children’s clothes. That was decades ago when they were young. Along with Hubl’s three children, she and her husband Henry also took in their niece and nephew after their parents were killed in a car accident back in 1969.
The couple lived in a typical Nebraska farmhouse and dedicated themselves to raising wholesome children. In addition to raising the five children, Hubl would be a delight in meeting her thirteen grandchildren before passing away in the summer of 2016.
While cleaning out Hubl’s home, her family came across a notebook she used to organize her quilting projects. The number of projects in it was extensive.
“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,” said her granddaughter.
Hubl often made quilts for high school graduations or weddings. It was her way of giving something personal.
“She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school,” Tollman said.
Seeing all the quilts laid out in the church for Hubl’s funeral was a dream come true for Tollman and the rest of the family.
“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,” her granddaughter said. “When we miss her,” Tollman said
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