Wednesday, 1 October 2008

My mum, the miracle worker

Mum has been staying with us for the last week, and she almost conquered my ironing pile for me - a miracle indeed!! She also had some time to do some sewing. She has finished this bag:It is her version of 'Ready for an Outing' by Melly & Me. It was published in Australian Country Threads Volume 7 No 9. I made this bag too, earlier in the year. Mum also finished the quilting on this quilt for my Grandma, & now only has to bind it. My Grandma is 88 years old, and has lived all her life on a farm. A recent stroke has unfortunately meant she has to move to town & live in a retirement home. This is an enormous shock for her. Mum is hoping a quilt may help her to feel at home. I only hope she will use it! My Grandma is from a generation who kept things in the cupboard, because 'they are too good to use'. We figure, that at the age of 88, it is time for her to get things out and enjoy them!

13 comments:

  1. The bag and the quilt are both gorgeous I hope your grandma will use it.tell your mum I have plenty Ironing here If she wants to do it LOL.
    Hugs Mary.

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  2. What a loveley bag your mother made and what a great idea to give your grandmother a quilt! It's a beautiful quilt!!!

    Greetings, Carolien

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  3. What a great bag and quilt. I hope your grandma listens and uses the quilt. It's too nice to be hidden away.

    Love and hugs Gina xx

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  4. I hope the quilt you mum made for your grandma gives her a lot of comfort. What a nice mum to do your ironing, how did you manage that? LOL That bag is just too cute, those Melly & Me patterns are great!

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  5. lovely bag! I've been trying to get my mits on that magazine/pattern but have had no luck!

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  6. How Lovely to have your Mum come & sew with You...Her Bag is really Pretty as is the Quilt...Love the fabrics..just a little tip from a Nurisng Home Nurse...make sure you label your Quilt really well & keep an eye on it...one it doesn't go to the wash & 2 it doesn't go missing...have seen this happen too many times.
    cheers
    maree

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  7. Your mom is sooo nice! Ironing for you, sewing pretty things, what an adorable time you both had! The quilt for your grandma looks beautiful, I hope it will keep her warm and that it will remind her how loved she is. I love your mom`s version of the bag, it is pretty!

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  8. Beautiful bag and quilt. Love those gorgeous floral fabrics! What a lovely way to show your love for your grandma. I hope she's doing better and will allow herself to use it instead of storing it.

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  9. Hi There I'm a fellow Stitchers Angel. First time I have seen your blog and its gorgeous. Love your work, choice of fabrics, header and very nice text....also sharing craft with your Mum must be the most wonderful feeling, don't forget to reflect on that; as you miss them when they are gone...Congratulations on a blog well done!
    Hugs from Judith NSW Australia

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  10. I know the "too good to use" generation.

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  11. i am sorry to hear about your grammy and i truly hope the quilt will remember her of the farm and the country. -- isn't it great to have your mom stay with you for a while? my mom lives half a world away from me and i only get to see her once in a while. but whenever she's here, like she was the past two weeks, she'll cook for me, help me with the laundry, the yard etc. we just had a blast!

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  12. You are so lucky to still have your mother and grandmother with you. I hope the cupboards are small in the retirement home, that way she will have to use the quilt. I know the generation, its a pity that they feel like that; of anyone they are so worthy to have something nice around them, they worked so hard during there lives.

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  13. Lucky you to have your mother around, sewing with you. The "granma"quilt has got pretty colors (I can't figure out the quilt though from the picture), I hope your grandma likes it and uses it. Sorry to hear about her illness, I hope she's feeling good

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