Once upon a time there was a little girl whose mother passed away when she was just a bit older than 3. Her mother was kind, and an experienced sewist and embroiderer, novice quilter and sometime knitter. She taught her little girl all the nursery rhymes as she embroidered them onto quilt squares for her best friends son. When she was ill, she sent home jelly packets from the hospital for her children’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And later, when she passed, various people put things away in an effort of safekeeping them for some time later down the road when the little girl would grow older and appreciate them.
I was that little girl. This past month, I have been focused on helping my mother-in-law with some things going on in her life and right there in the middle of it my grandmother sent me a package. It was a pretty decent sized box and most of its contents were things from my mother. There are dolls, and their clothes cut out on the pattern pieces but not yet assembled. There are vintage quilting magazines with barely the spine broken in. There are older cork and spring embroidery hoops. But perhaps the most sentimental of all, there are her knitting needles, her cut out quilt block pieces and her pencil drawn embroidery layouts with notes taken on what colors to use.
Now a couple of these really stand out to me. The embroidery designs are actually quite similar in theme to a plan that has only gotten to background fabric bought for my own floral embroidery quilt plans. I am not planning to copy hers and see where it goes from there.
Secondly, my own baby quilt was a cheater fabric quilt of reds and blues and is now at the so fragile of fabric stages you don’t wash it, just hang it outside from time to time or keep it stored away. There had been a few murmurs at times that my mother was planning a different quilt for me, and I have to wonder… are those 21 purple butterfly wings meant for me?
And that is how moms, and grandmoms too keep looking after their little ones even on into their 40s.
P.S. I did finish the qualifier and round one of Sock Madness also but this post is just for my Mom and you will have to wait for sock pictures!