I've spent the day in my sewing room working on my flower blocks. I finished 4 more which only leaves me 2 more. Then on to the pieced border.
It seemed approriate that I should spend the day sewing. You see 1 year ago today my Mama died. And if I could have picked only one way to honor her today I can't think of a better one - nor one that she would have appreciated more - than to spend the day mixing bits of her stash with mine to create a beautiful quilt.
Mama was an excellent seamstress and in later years liked to dabble in quilting. I say dabble because I'm not sure she ever finished more than one quilt. That was a sailboat she made for my nephew, Scott's 1st birthday. But she was really great for starting new projects. I do seem to come by that naturally. LOL! She did at least finish her tops before she moved on to her next project. So I guess you could say she was also a topper more than a quilter just like I am. These are some of the blocks for the last quilt she was working on before she died and one day I'll put them together in a quilt. But I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that yet. Maybe next year. I know I showed these before but it seemed appropriate to do so again on this day. She spent the last 7 or 8 years before she went into the nursing home working on this quilt on and off. All the pieces were cut out with scissors using cardboard templates and the blocks are hand-pieced.
I learned so many things from my Mama. She gave me my love of sewing. My love of reading. My love of playing cards. My love of cooking. My love of life. She never met a stranger and was friendly and outgoing with everyone she met. I wish I'd gotten a bit of that from her cause I'm extremely shy and introverted. She truly loved people and was just a joy to spend time with. My best friend.
This is my favorite picture I have of her. It's not a fancy glamour shot but a real life shot showing her laughing her ### off at something Daddy had just said. Mama, I love you and miss you so much.