My grandmother* passed before I was born, but she left behind some treasures. A few years ago, when I started quilting, one of my aunts brought me a stack of 15 flyfoot blocks. These were machine pieced by my grandmother, but never set.
This past fall, I suddenly had the urge to put those blocks together and make a quilt for my mother. I bought all the blue solids I could find, looking for just the right one, then made a 16th block. Because my grandmother had used some different blues in her blocks, I decided to continue in her direction by using the other blues for sashing. I attempted to free motion, but it was a thread- and heart-breaking process. I finished with straight lines and self binding.
On my mother's birthday, I surprised her at work. She was so touched, but I promised I wouldn't post pictures of those moments. Through this quilt, I've been able to connect to my grandmother in a way I never had before, and we've both been able to celebrate the wonderful woman that is my mother.
I chose this quilt for my entry into the Festival because my relationship with my mother is truly miraculous. As all mothers and daughters do, we've had our ups and downs, but in the past year especially our relationship has grown and blossomed. We still have room to improve, but I could not have imagined the sweetness we now share. I'm so thankful for her presence in my life, and I'm so happy to be able to give back to this woman who means so much to me. I love you, Momma!
*For those of you who are wondering, my Great-Grandmother Lillian is in my blog's header. Her daughter, Frances, made these blocks.