This summer was one of the more eventful ones of my life. I graduated with my master’s degree from Boston University, got married, became an official resident of Massachusetts, started a new job with Interweave, and mourned the loss of my maternal grandmother—a woman who lived with my family as I grew up and who essentially acted as a second mother to me.
My grandma was quite the woman. She grew up during the Depression in a poor family with 13 children. She survived—and got out of—an abusive marital relationship. She got remarried (to my grandfather) and raised six children. She operated her own real estate brokerage for many years. She was a three-term assemblyman for the Nevada State Legislature in the 1970s.
But I never knew my grandma that way. Though she was still a spunky, strong-willed firecracker of a woman—and though she often told amazing stories from her past—I knew her when she was older. I knew her when she was more, well, grandmotherly. She played with me, comforted me, and took care of me.
She also sewed. And while that isn’t an inherently grandmotherly thing to do (as any reader of Quilting Arts could tell you!), I can’t help but associate sewing with my grandma. Like her mother before her, she was an amazing seamstress. She always repaired my clothes when they tore. She even made an Alice in Wonderland costume for me—one of my favorite Halloween costumes to date.
While my mother is an amazing woman herself, she would be the first to tell you that she did not inherit the sewing gene from my grandma. But since I did inherit my grandma’s sewing machine when she passed away, I wonder if I might just have inherited some of her craftiness, too. In an attempt to find out, and to honor her memory, I have decided to try my hand at the craft she loved so much. Only I don’t really want to sew clothing; I want to learn how to make quilts! There’s something so beautiful, comforting, and homey about them, and with winter approaching I could definitely use one or two!
So now I need your help! Give me some suggestions—handy quilting tips, helpful websites, easy beginner’s projects, affordable fabric stores, etc.—and I’ll give away some of this Moda fabric!
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