A friend lost her mom. I threw five bucks in a card that was being passed around the office. But I wanted to do something more. I wanted to tell her that her mom wasn't hurting anymore. That she was a great daughter-- beside her mom to the end taking care of her (a true luxury I'll never have). I wanted to let her know that in time-- her sadness would give way to a ton of great memories.
For all those things that for some reason I'm having a tough time telling her I made her this:
A Nine patch table topper.
The base fabric is a Thimbleberries piece, part of a plan to make a quilt that I never gathered the remaining pieces. By far my favorite fabric of all the Lynette Jensen designed. It was time to quit saving it for myself.
A corner patch sewed in to make a label.
You can see the snow is pulling away from the trees. We will get a spring. This journal started out as a daily chat about life and quilt stuff. For some reason it seems to have changed. But I still want to keep it to log my quilts. What they are made of, What I'm thinking about as I sew and the fabrics they are made of.
As a family,we were sitting together a few weeks ago and were talking about our jobs. Don and the kids talked so passionately about each of their own. I spoke about how I work hard but my job always seems to be about making it to quitting time. Don tells me-- it's because you are not passionate about it. ''Mel, your passion is in your quilting. Always has been.'' While I am far from a perfect seamstress and I'm continuing to improve with every project I find myself grateful for every piece of fabric to quilt and time I have to devote to it.