Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Julia just made me blueberry muffins for breakfast.

Normally I would have grabbed a paper plate and gulped it down at the kitchen table, but with it being such a special day and all, it deserved to be served on my mother's Dessert Rose dessert plate on my dining room table. It looks so pretty on my antique Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I just love quilts on my dining room table!

You know, I would love it if they wouldn't call it "Mother's Day" and just called it some kind of name that celebrated women. I have so many women in my life are so special to me. Although they didn't give birth to me, they still "mother" me whether they are my sister, my sister in law, my dad's girlfriend, my friends, my Aunts, or my many blogging friends. I have been blessed by them (and you) all.

If you have been reading my blog a while, you probably already know that my mom went to heaven about 20 years ago. That's probably the reason why I wish "Mother's Day" was called something else. I blogged about her here. I still don't have a great photo of her, but I do have one of her apron.

I love to wear it while I'm baking my chocolate chip cookies or Italian Cream cake. She loved everything about baking. She wasn't much into cooking dinners, although what she did cook it always tasted good. I know I never went hungry. She just enjoyed baking.

She loved sewing, too, which she also passed down to me. It's funny, but she didn't quilt. She tried, though. Here is the only quilt my mother made. It's a Sunbonnet Sue. She made it for me when I was 7 or 8 which means it was made in 1970 or 1971. The little dresses are cotton fabric, but the yellow and white gingham is a poly/cotton blend. The quilt itself feels really soft, so I'm not sure what kind of batting she used.

I don't remember much about her making it, but I do remember her using stitch witchery to fuse it down. What I do remember though, is that she tried really hard to get someone to hand quilt it for her. I guess she gave up on that idea, and tried it herself.
You can see where she handquilted, and machine quilted.

Then she gave up on handquiting and tried machine quilting. That didn't work either, so I guess she gave up all together and bound it the best way she could. I know this had to be frustrating to her because everything Mom made looked professional.

I have thought seriously about taking everything apart. I would applique the edges a little more around the dresses. Then I would buy some 100% cotton yellow and white gingham and just basically start over. So what do you think? Mom really wanted this to be quilted the right way, and since now I am a quilter (which she would be so excited about) I could give this quilt what it deserves. Would you use the same setting or would you do sashings and cornerstones and maybe have a border?

Laura and the grand babies are on their way over. Steve is cooking dinner for all of us. I have requested his spinach/chicken stromboli and Julia wants his chicken pizza. Laura is bringing Sushi, which I have been craving. We're also having strawberry shortcake for dessert. Wade is on a diet, so he'll have to figure out what he's eating! That's not very "motherly" of me is it?

Have a great day celebrating the women that are special to you!


  1. Gosh, that's a tough one! If I were you, on the one hand, I think I'd like to leave the quilt "as is," knowing my mom had made it for me and tried really hard; on the other hand, you mention she would have been happy to know it was done "right." Maybe you should just put it on the back burner and think about it for awhile; eventually you'll do what your heart tells you is right. Happy Women's Day! (Oh, wait, that doesn't sound right either--is sounds like a magazine title--LOL!) Well, you know what I mean!

  2. I would want to leave it just as mom did....what a sweet momento.
    Hope your day continued on to be a joyful one!

  3. well said, I think I would leave mom's quilt as she did it. My husband loves your menu for dinner.

  4. I am new to your blog and enjoying it very much. My advice would be to leave the quilt as it is. Whether it is perfect or not isn't the concern but rather that your Mom picked the fabrics, held the needle, fussed over it and made it for you. She is in that quilt and that is what is important.

  5. I am with the majority here and would leave the quilt the way your mom made it. BUT...I would write up a little essay about her AND the quilt...kind of like you told us here...and I would make sure that STAYS with the quilt so it can be passed along in the family someday. Thanks for being such a special blogger...the one who helped me get started in Blogland...and a special friend today on "Mother's Day". I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. Oh...and I LOVE the look of the flip-flops when you are wearing your mom's apron!!! :)

  6. I'd leave it as is...the way your mom originally made it! Happy Every Day to you!

  7. I agree with everyone too. I would leave it like she did it. This is a treasure to always keep. Happy Womens Day! I love that.

  8. Very sweet post about your mom. I love the apron. She would be so happy that your wearing it.
    Happy Mothers Day!

  9. Gosh that is a good looking blueberry muffin! Sounds like a lovely mothers day feast! Mmmm I think you would get a lot of enjoyment getting Sunbonnet Sue quilted and finished just the way your Mum would of liked. Think I'd keep it simple.

  10. I think I am going with the majority too - I would want to keep it like your mom made it...

    Italian Cream Cake - oh, that sounds so good. I don't think I've ever had it...

    Glad you had a great day!!!

  11. How about a compromise? leave it as it is but do some quilting on it.

  12. What a beautiful tribute to your mother! I find myself missing my mother on Mother's Day, too. Momma always wanted a hand-made quilt. I wasn't a quilter before she passed away. I think I'll make a quilt in her honor in the future. I'd leave your Mother's quilt as it is. Cherish it! Make another quilt in her honor.

    Take care!

  13. Such a nice story about your mom, Amanda! Aprons like hers bring back so many memories of my mom, too! As for me, I would leave the quilt the way it is, but you'll eventually discover in your heart what you want to do with it. I'm with Kim - even if it does sound like a magazine cover - Happy Women's Day!


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