Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back in the Sewing Room

On January 22nd I lost my mom.  She passed suddenly, and we were all left feeling totally empty.  Mom was an amazing woman who took care of everyone she knew and even those she didn't.  Mom was the reason I learned to knit, crochet, sew and then Quilt.  Together we would travel to yarn shops near and far, in search of the newest, softest wools or the best yarn for a new pair or socks or mittens.  Mom made sure all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, had new baby afghans and sweater sets to come home from the hospital in.  This last Christmas everyone had a new toque, knit by grandma.  Those toques will be cherished forever.  She taught me to knit and crochet at a very young age, and at 12 I was enrolled in 4-H sewing.  My love of sewing only grew as the years passed, and about 5 years ago I opened a quilting store.(I know longer have the store)  Mom was my biggest fan and supporter, I knew she was proud.  Now it was my turn to teach mom...together we picked out fabrics for quilts she wanted to make....she never finished many quilts, but she along with her friends were in my shop every Tuesday with a Latte for me and a visit.  I think she just liked the visit, I know she did :)  
Now as my siblings and I go through her fabric and yarn stash we reminisce, we cry and we laugh.  She left an amazing legacy.....and a ton of projects that need to be finished....I think she is getting me back for my teen years!!  I miss my mom terribly, but I take comfort in knowing that she is with me, stitching along beside me, on every project I tackle.  She will forever be my strength.

I couldn't find it in me to quilt again until this past week.  I have an amazing friend who would gently nudge me with small patterns and tell me to look at new fabrics online.  On a recent trip she took she picked up a cute mini foundation piecing pattern for me..I loved it......and now I am back at my sewing machine.  Thanks goodness for great friends, who are there when needed, I don't know where I would be without mine.

Sew I thought I would show you a sneak peek at what I am working on.  The strips for these little diamonds are cut at 
1 1/4" wide.  So they finish at 3/4".....tiny!!  So far I have 3 of these little diamonds done and two half diamonds.  Maybe next time I will have the whole little quilt finished.

Until Next time,  Happy Quilting,