|Grandma, top left in the dark. |
That's me in the middle.
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I've been in love with Cathedral window quilts for years! Feeling the need to quilt but not really having a space to quilt or the time to spend cutting, piecing and sewing at a machine. I began to research how to make Cathedral windows, by handsewing. In June, I finally made the decision to use black Moda grunge fabric for the window panes and scraps from Mom's quilts for the stained glass. I currently have 60+ squares completed BY HAND. I've begun machine sewing four squares together. I'm currently "holding" on it until I get scraps. But I've got it in writing that my goal is to have a throw size quilt completed from them by December!!
Handsome got me a great sewing machine for my 50th birthday. The ladies at Rogers Sewing Center were ah-mazing, Queen Ellen is happy in our home! (EverSewn Sparrow QE) On January 21st, I went to quilt guild without Shirley (she'd had surgery the week before) and I made a new friend. I shared my goals with her. As we said goodnight at the end of the meetings she looked at her watch and remarked, "It's early, you could go home and get your machine out of the box!" Even with the desire, I hadn't taken the time to get it out of the box and set up to sew. I went home and got "Queen Ellen" all ready to go! On Thursday during Daisy's puppy school, I went to JoAnn's and got fat quarters so I could get started on The Ultimate Beginner Quilt!! I'm working on block six today!
Grandma's name on her birth certificate was Roxie Anna Hamit. Everyone called her Jackie but I can remember some even calling her Jack. I have no idea why. It's one of the questions I would ask her if I knew her...enough. With every cut, every piece, every stitch I feel her nearby and that is somehow enough. This afternoon, I pulled out my quilt she made me as a kid. It was a little more tattered around the edges but the sight of it made me