TGIF

/ Friday, 13 November 2009 /
It's Friday and I have something to show for it.  This is a quilt that was pieced and assembled by my mother before she passed suddenly last year.  Her husband sent it up to me last month in a box of her sewing and quilting gear and notions.  Strictly speaking, it isn't entirely finished, since the binding is only 50% sewn on, but I'm claiming the Sew-n-Tell privilege for having finished the quilting on this 56" square Yuletide lap quilt.
Christmas quilt
I blogged here about the first quilt that I finished for my mother; it was the project that brought me steaming back into the quilting world, and it was a very healing and peaceful way for me to mark the first anniversary of her passing.  This one, however, is a different story!  Only the abiding love that I have for my mother's memory induced me to finish this quilt.  On just about every dimension, it isn't "me".  The kitschy penguins, the polyester batting, and to top it off, we celebrate Chanukah, not Christmas!  (Yes, I have a strange and religiously convoluted family story which I won't bore you with.)  Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to handle something my mother had worked on, and I'll be sending it to her husband, who misses her dearly.

Here's a closeup - because everyone needs a little holiday-making penguin in their day.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  And go over to Amy's and cheer on the other hard working quilters who've finished something this week.
Merry Christmas, Penguins.

19 comments:

{ Diane } on: 13 November 2009 08:58 said...

What a great gift to finish this for your mothers husband. Isn't it wonderful to share a tradition like quilting with past generations?

{ Dee } on: 13 November 2009 09:05 said...

Ok...this post made me cry. My mom has terminal cancer and the thought we will lose her tears me up inside...so, your love for your mom, doing something in her memeory out of loving her and wanting to honor her and gift the quilt back...choked me up. Thank you for the best Friday Finish yet!

{ Anne at Film and Thread } on: 13 November 2009 09:18 said...

There has to be a lot of emotion tied up in working on a quilt that your Mom was part of. My Mom is in chemo for recurrent ovarian cancer right now and we have worked on a couple of quilts together before.

Your Mom would be happy and you are doing a beautiful job with it.

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 13 November 2009 10:34 said...

How wonderful. I lost my motherto cancer 14 years ago and your post still brought tears to my eyes. I don't think I'll ever get over this huge loss. It is so beautiful that you were able to finish this quilt.

{ ktquilts } on: 13 November 2009 11:06 said...

What you have done is true beauty.

Many blessings,
KT

{ Sara } on: 13 November 2009 14:32 said...

That is a very nice thing to do - I think her husband will treasure this quilt and the fact that you finished it up...

{ The Tripp Family } on: 13 November 2009 17:08 said...

I love the quilt, what a sweet story!

{ Heather } on: 13 November 2009 17:31 said...

What a great way to honor your mom and bless her husband with a cozy memory of her, too. Love the quilt, and really admire your dedication in finishing it for your mom.

{ Happy Cottage Quilter } on: 13 November 2009 19:31 said...

Oh Lesly this is so precious. How sweet of you to finish it. Today was my Mom's birthday, and even though she has been gone many years, it is a day I celebrate her life.

{ KQuiltyBee } on: 13 November 2009 19:34 said...

I'm glad you took the time to finish it--it will become a treasure no matter what.

{ Rene' } on: 13 November 2009 20:15 said...

This is a really beautiful quilt. I am sure your mom's husband will be so happy that you finished it for him. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I am blessed to still have my mom although there have been some health scares. Thank you for sharing this sweet story and wonderful quilt.

{ Pokey } on: 13 November 2009 21:49 said...

I enjoy your projects and your blog. This quilt is no different, and the penguins are cute!
To have a quilt with a story like this one, well, it's very precious. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

{ Leslie } on: 13 November 2009 22:57 said...

that is so special that you had the chance to finish it...great sew and tell

{ Catherine } on: 14 November 2009 03:14 said...

This is a lovely special quilt to finish for your Mother's husband. I'm sure he will treasure it.

{ Kim D. } on: 14 November 2009 03:25 said...

Beautiful Quilt and how special that you would finish it for your mother's husband. I hope you get it back in the end. I made my mother a quilt and she past away about a year and a half ago and I got the quilt back, so I cherish it and have it hanging.

{ Nina... } on: 15 November 2009 11:27 said...

Such a beautiful quilt to remember your mother by.

{ Sew It Up! } on: 16 November 2009 12:44 said...

That is just too sweet! Love it, love it, love it!

Need I say more....

{ Kate } on: 16 November 2009 15:15 said...

Beautiful tribute to your mom and her husband. Many blessings to you. :)

{ amylouwho } on: 17 November 2009 14:26 said...

That's a sweet thing for you to do for him. And kitschy penguins or not, it's nice that you both worked on it. :)

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