I had this Grandma who taught me how to knit and crochet and had this room so full of "stuff" for crafting that you could barely get the door open to squeeze into it....which would mean I would have to go into her bedroom, around the feather bed and through the closet into the "craft room" to get whatever it was she needed at that time. (She did teach me the fine art of crafty hoarding after all)
In 2005 I had gone down to Arizona to be with my mother who was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for Carcinoma and she gave me some photo albums that had a million pictures of my Grandma teaching quilting classes at her local church. (My grandmother succumbed to cancer in 1979 and my mother in 2009) I looked through those albums several times and marveled at how little I really knew my Grandma Wahl. I am so very proud of her accomplishments!
The reason I have been thinking of her, my Grandma, so much lately is because of Friday Night With Friends. Reading the blogs and looking at all of the pretty quilting and sewing projects just really put her in the forefront of my mind. She was an applique kind of quilter, and would probably LOVE everything I have seen these wonderful women of Aus and around the world create.
This is one of those moments where I sit here and honestly say, "I wish she were here to see what I've been doing". She would probably be the first person digging through my stash or insisting I didn't have enough of something and she would probably be right!
I have her crochet needles that I use, and every time I say "thank you", and at my mother's house in Arizona, where my step-father still resides, is a box that has the quilt she made for me...it's old and in pieces but I'm confident I can fix it now that I am OLD and have the skills to do so.
So, here is my Thank You to all of you who quilt, knit, crochet and cross stitch and share what you have created. Our continuity helps keep our loved ones well remembered and loved.
|Great Grandma Josephine, my mother Bobbie, Grandma Betty Jo Wahl, and Little Ol' me in 1971|
Until Next time my sweeties.....