Sunday, December 11, 2016


10 years ago today, I lost my Mom, Cora Clayton.
She was 92 years young and loved by so many.
Mom was a hand piecer and loved her scrappy utilitarian quilts.

 I found a bunch of dresser scarves in her belongings.
which sat in my sewing room waiting for me
to create something amazing!
I kept looking a them, waiting for an
answer of what I should make. 
Then I heard it..maybe it was Mom, whispering in my ear.

The girls in the family need something to remind them of 
"Mom of Me"
I am making bags using pieces of 
MOM's embroidered scarves and MY fabric scraps.

After cutting batting pieces, I placed the embroidery piece 
in the middle and sewed down my scraps 
using the quilt-as you-go technique.

 You can see my tutorial on the QAYG technique here.
BUT there is no backing on these pieces because
I am lining the bag. 

Raided my zipper bin...

and this is what happened!

Larger tote bag turned out wonderful!

I will make smaller projects with the embroidered scraps
like pincushions and needle minders.

10 years may seem like a long time to hang on to something
but I truly believe that...

"Your fabric will tell you what it wants to be"
Sometimes you must wait  and "listen" for the answer.

I miss and love you Mom!


  1. what lovely bags you have made with your Mum`s beautiful embroidery, it is also 10 years last month since I lost my Mum who was also 92, like you I still miss her so very much, I know she would want me to be stronger but there is no one like a mother is there, I do hope you were remembering happy times on this day

  2. So sorry for your loss. I lost my husband around the same time so know even many years on what a gap there still is. Just love the way you have used these. I have some beautiful but totally impractical small embroidered handkerchiefs from my late Aunts and I think this is the treatment they deserve.

    1. Jenny, thanks for the comment. I could not respond via email as you are listed as a "no reply blogger" Go into your Blogger Profile and selected the option to "show email" and save. thnx.

  3. This is a great way to remember your Mom. Every time these are used, it will bring you thoughts of her. These are beautiful!!

  4. These are so beautiful.I know they will be treasured as a remembrance to your mom.

  5. What a great way to honor your mother's memory! I love this idea so much!

  6. Love the way you used your mom's dresser scarves!

  7. These are beautiful...such a special way to use your mother's embroidery. What a treasure!

  8. I also have quite a few things my grandma embroidered. This is such a great idea!

  9. I love that idea. I too have some pieces that I want to do something with. This has given me something new to consider.


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