Several of you have mentioned Mom recently, I guess you’re missing her as much as I am! I was looking for one of her quilts tonight (I have a bunch of photos of them in a online album we share) because I was using pink strips leftover from a couple pineapple quilts she’d made years ago tonight in my pink HeartStrings blocks. Over the years I’ve done a LOT of cutting for Mom and my reward is usually getting the leftover bits and strips to bring home with me. They may sit for years waiting to be used but they DO get used eventually.
For those of you that don’t know, Mom and I have been quilting together since 2000. I hadn’t even finished my first quilt before I convinced her she had to try it. She had sewn in the past, making clothes for us when we were growing up so she had more sewing experience … I had never even used a sewing machine and I hand pieced my first quilt and then machine quilted it with straight lines. I had read a LOT about quilting by the time I tried my first quilt (and still obsessively read about and look for quilting inspiration) and I’ve shared all that quilting knowledge with Mom through the years.
This is a photo of us together with a quilt I made for her in 2002 so we’d only been quilting for a couple years. She still pulls it out and uses it every Christmas! Both of us have many quilts that we have worked on together … she has done a lot of piecing and appliqué for me in exchange for my quilting for her. But just so you know, this one was all my work … including the appliqué!
Isn’t it funny how little bits of fabric can hold so many precious memories?!