Monday, August 18, 2008
Just today I listed all the remnants left from the crazy quilt my mother made sometime in the 80's. She began the project when she traveled to Tennessee to take care of her aging and ill mother. She scoured flea markets, used clothing stores and auctions to acquire a wonderful collection of real vintage velvet
As she sat in the hospital she pieced and embroidery the blocks, and set them together when she came home. We worked together on the many fancy embroidery stitches that decorate the quilt, including family initials on some blocks, symbols on others and a whole lot of love and mother/daughter cooperation. I remember it as being perhaps the biggest project we ever completed as a duo. Mom left this planet in 1992 at the relatively young age of 73, but she is with me still when I wrap myself up in that beautiful quilt that we so painstakingly sewed. I find comfort in its warmth and its beauty, and her memory surrounds me with love.
I hung onto the many pieces of velvet she had collected for all the years that she's been gone, and finally decided that it was time to let it go, to offer it up to others who would appreciate the beauty of fine old velvet fabric with it's brilliant colorsand soft texture. It wasn't easy to sort it out, and a few tears were dropped here and there, but I feel really good that it isn't just sitting boxes now, that it will once again become useful and loved as others use it to create their own wonderful designs.
Posted by Rose at 6:54 PM