Throughout my lifetime, I was always very close to my maternal German-Polish grandmother, my "Oma". She left us in 1999 from complications brought on by diabetes, but there isn't a day that I don't think about her. I think Oma is the one who inspired my crafty side. Ever since I can remember, she was usually making a new dress at her vintage 1940's sewing machine (a gift to her from my grandfather for their anniversary one year), knitting, crocheting or baking. Her passing left a void in my family that can never be filled.
Sadly, my own mother has been quite ill lately, also suffering from diabetes complications. She recently had her leg amputated and is still at home in Arizona recovering from the surgery. I wanted to do something extra special for her this year for Mother's Day. I decided to incorporate images of my Oma (my mom's mom) into a little memory quilt that she can display and enjoy all year long.
I cut apart vintage purple and white floral hankies and arranged them "crazy-quilt" style into a pleasing arrangement. I also added images of my Oma that I printed from my computer onto fabric and incorporated them into the design. Once all of the pieces were sewn into place, I embellished the quilt with buttons, trims, lace, fabric flowers and the like.
I mailed my mother the quilt earlier this week to ensure she'd have it in time for Mother's Day. She received it yesterday and said she cried when she opened her present. I'm glad that I was able to do something for my mom to give her a little happiness during this really rough time she is experiencing.
If you are a mother, I want to wish you a heartfelt "Happy Mother's Day". It's been said that there is no love like a Mother's love, and I really think that's true. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your day!
P.S. I want to credit quilter Cindy Brick for the inspiration behind my quilt. Years ago, I purchased her "Hanky Panky Crazy Quilts" book that utilizes the concept of repurposing vintage hankies into quilts. I own hundreds of craft and sewing books, but this one is still at the top of my favorites list. If you'd like to see other hankie quilts I've made that are available for purchase, please check them out on my Etsy store, Retro Eclectica.
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