Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial or Memory Day?

For me, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember
 not only those who have given their lives 
to protect our freedom, but to remember anyone 
who has left an imprint on your heart.   
My Mom and Dad are gone but never forgotten. 
I was only 22 when Daddy had a heart attack
 and in an instant...gone.  Mom lived to be 92 but I lost her twice...once to Alzheimer's and then....

 Mom was a hand kwilter and made utilitarian kwilts for all her children, grandchildren,  probably some great-grands as well.  She used strips of whatever fabric she could find, a blanket served as batting and usually a sheet for the backing.  Mom was a scrappy kwilter before scrap kwilting was cool.

 I was devastated when I lost her and had to find a way to begin the healing process.   I came across a box of Mom's aprons and I knew that using them in a kwilt would be the cure. Fabric became my therapy.

"Sunday Dinner at Mom's"  was my first "memory" kwilt.  I made small versions using Mom's original aprons.  She lived for Sunday's when her family would visit and she served up the BEST  Sunday dinner ever...delicious fried chicken, green beans (canned from the garden) and mashed potatoes with white gravy.  My mouth waters just thinking about it and I can still hear her say "better eat some more"  Although you cannot see it ...I kwilted her name, Cora Clayton,  across the top border. .

Then I found a box of her house dresses.  
They were a sack type dress made of cotton 
and usually had a zipper up the front.   
"House Dressings" won first place in 
my guild show for the hand quilting my BFF 
Shirely did on this quilt. 

There were lots of dresses, so  I also made
 "Dresses for Cora" (for my sister),  
Love to Linda"  for my niece, who Mom raised.
 I sent dress pieces to my kwitling sister to make her own.

Dresses for Cora

Love to Linda

I know  Mom would be so proud and happy that I am kwilting, 
BUT she would be mad as hell that I cut up her clothes. 
I have one more "memory kwilt" to make using the embroidered dresser scarves from our home.  I have a box of antique feed maybe that will all come to gather for the best Kwilty Pleasures I can image.

If you have a memory kwilt...I would love to hear about it.  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mobile Kwilting

I am a "Mobile Kwilter" 
If I drive somewhere for vacation my 
"Mobile Kwilting Space" goes with me. 
 I pack my small Janome right beside my husband's golf clubs.  

 Here I am at Myrtle Beach and all set to sew early morning after a walk on the beach or if it rains. 

To make your mobile sewing space here is what you need.....
A small portable (but durable) sewing machine and the essential sewing kit.

My Janome fits just fine on the condo kitchen table.

I made  a cutting / pressing board  that folds up for easy transport.  Pack a ruler, rotary cutter and a small portable iron ..then find the kitchen counter.  Perfect height for cutting and pressing.

A Portable Design Wall comes in handy.   
Fons & Porter has one at Joannes (use that 40% off coupon) or
a flannel back table cloth will work. Don't forget duct tape so you can hang it up. Hang it where you can see it, like this hallway just behind the sewing area.

Before I knew it, I was working on this cute baby quilt  
I packed a couple other projects and before the week was over....
they found their way to the sewing area. 

BUT more thing....
The view from my mobile kwilting space!
a Kwilty Pleasure for sure!.

 Kwilt On!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day...My Way

May Day is my birthday...but this year no distress signals 
were heard and if I had a May Day pole 
I would be dancing around it.  
I am in Myrtle Beach celebrating this birthday 
with my husband and for the first time in 11 years...
with my son.  
 So what a great birthday present...any Mom would agree.  

A Birthday Sunrise

I got up this morning and instead of grabbing a cup of coffee 
at work and pounding away at the computer...
I grabbed my coffee, headed to the beach 
and listened to the waves pound against the beach 
as the sun began to rise... 

Once the sun was up and beaming down...the ocean became 
a beautiful place to put a perspective on what a little person 
you are in the scheme of things.  

I counted my blessings...and I have many, so that took awhile.  
It is very hard for me to slow down...but with this magnificent could I resist. 

My Pleasures today will not be KWILTY...but they will be abundant!  A beautiful birthday and as the sun begins to set...
I feel at peace.  What a way to start a new "birthday" year.

A Birthday Sunset!