A PROUD MOMMA — here

My daughter is making a quilt…… I am so proud !

I am so proud… she is making a quilt!

IF you knew how hard I tried to teach her to sew when she was a little girl…. NO INTEREST … fought it tooth and nail. She did learn how to sew on a button and work a machine but until recently nadda ….. Then one day she raided my stash ( I kept my mouth shut. ) and started a gift for a friend.  Her own design, her own way….. but she is sewing…. Jumping for joy here.

Nonnie,


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3 thoughts on “A PROUD MOMMA — here

  1. Nonnie, I am sure you were loving having your daughter sew. Ironically my daughter would sew when she was younger and even asked for a machine for a wedding gift, but just doesn’t care to use it. I will happy for you and jumping for you as well.

    1. I recently read a Shakespearean sonnet about THE LIFE OF MAN…..

      Along that same vein I have been thinking about the LIFE OF A QUILTER (non professional) … maybe this is just my life in quilting but then again I have seen the same scenario in the life of other quilters. Here is my second theory, it is still evolving:

      Birth: Discovery of the craft…… You go to a quilt show or take a class at the behest of a friend or someone is getting married, or a baby is being welcomed into the family. What ever the initial exposure the bug bites. You make your first quilt, it is not a masterpiece but you fall in love with the process. YOU discover there is a hidden artist in you. The fabric, the patterns, the society of other quilters spur you to make more quilts. The more you learn the less you know and the more you want to know. YOU immerse your self in the reading of magazines and books about quilt techniques, quilt history, anything to do with fabric and quilting. Quilts and quilting devour all your spare times. You abandon other crafts you had participated because none are as fascinating or as creative as quilting. ( At least not in your eyes and mind.)

      School Time: Learning Mastery…… Weather self taught or taking every class within a 50 mile radius of your home, the drive is to learn everything you can and develop the mastery of the quilting techniques.

      Parenthood: You can barely get a moment to yourself to breath…. So you have to grab a moment to quilt / craft whenever you can…. Mostly when THEY are asleep. Projects take FOREVER ! ! !

      Grandparenthood: THE NEST is empty and you look to fill your time and find your own peer group…. Quilting fever takes hold… YOU take classes, go on retreats, go into a frenzy of quilting for the newly read children and the grandkids that come along.

      Maturity: YEARN TO GIVE…… Either the quilter have made so many quilts that everyone in the family and their cousins have multiple or you find a person or organization that has nothing and needs a lot.

      Seniority strikes: The muse strikes, you quilt your MASTERPIECE (s), working on it for months, and you feel you can never achieve such perfection again… so you stop working on such big projects and make wall-hangings, purses, gee-gaws instead. You dabble but no longer wish to struggle with the big “ones.”

      You go to the guilds and bees for the socialization, but every bed has several quilst… your kids have said NO MORE QUILTS. Your hubby says NO MORE STASH ( It fills the basement), just when you decide you hate your stash and do not want to work with it.

      YOU now go into a frenzy of de- stashing…. Give to family and friends, try to encourage new young quilters. Sew/ give to charity quilters, open your own quilt shop, have a garage sale. Heaven to bid you let your family give/ sell / deal with your stuff after you have gone to the big quilt retreat in heaven. ( REMEMBER TO WRITE A WILL TELLING YOUR FAMILY WHO IS AND WHO IS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE YOUR STASH; AND WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF IT. )

    2. I just posted my theory of a quilter’s life… I think it is age related… when a daughter has kids she usually does not turn to quilting which requires long term planning …. She turns to quilting if she is a stay at home mom… to preserve her sanity and giver herself a creative outlet…. DD also turn to crafting / quilting when the kids no longer needs her to drive them to activities…. A quilter really gets into quilting when she becomes an empty nester. …. kids in college or they move away from home.

      I think daughters of quilters come back to quilting as they get older and settled.

      Nonnie

      PRIME EXAMPLE … MARY FONS I bet she is being groomed to take over at F&P LOVE of Quilting….SO YOU AND I can keep our fingers crossed…. our girls will come back and stay with quilting.

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