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!