Throughout my lifetime, I was always very close to my maternal German-Polish grandmother, my "Oma". She left us in 1999 from complications brought on by diabetes, but there isn't a day that I don't think about her. I think Oma is the one who inspired my crafty side. Ever since I can remember, she was usually making a new dress at her vintage 1940's sewing machine (a gift to her from my grandfather for their anniversary one year), knitting, crocheting or baking. Her passing left a void in my family that can never be filled.
Sadly, my own mother has been quite ill lately, also suffering from diabetes complications. She recently had her leg amputated and is still at home in Arizona recovering from the surgery. I wanted to do something extra special for her this year for Mother's Day. I decided to incorporate images of my Oma (my mom's mom) into a little memory quilt that she can display and enjoy all year long.
I cut apart vintage purple and white floral hankies and arranged them "crazy-quilt" style into a pleasing arrangement. I also added images of my Oma that I printed from my computer onto fabric and incorporated them into the design. Once all of the pieces were sewn into place, I embellished the quilt with buttons, trims, lace, fabric flowers and the like.
I mailed my mother the quilt earlier this week to ensure she'd have it in time for Mother's Day. She received it yesterday and said she cried when she opened her present. I'm glad that I was able to do something for my mom to give her a little happiness during this really rough time she is experiencing.
If you are a mother, I want to wish you a heartfelt "Happy Mother's Day". It's been said that there is no love like a Mother's love, and I really think that's true. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your day!
P.S. I want to credit quilter Cindy Brick for the inspiration behind my quilt. Years ago, I purchased her "Hanky Panky Crazy Quilts" book that utilizes the concept of repurposing vintage hankies into quilts. I own hundreds of craft and sewing books, but this one is still at the top of my favorites list. If you'd like to see other hankie quilts I've made that are available for purchase, please check them out on my Etsy store, Retro Eclectica.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Happy New Year, Everyone!
I know I have been away from my blog for a long time. I promise to try to stay on track and keep regular posts coming.
One of my major resolutions this year is to be more disciplined in some areas. I have some definite goals in mind and God willing - I will stick to them.
In regards to the arts and crafts world, I would like to get back into making art quilts and dolls. Quilting has always been one of my favorite things to do. I got so caught up in making jewelry for my customers, boutiques and the like that it took up all of my creative time. Don't get me wrong - I'll still make and sell jewelry as long as there is still a demand for it, however, I'd like to get back to doing what I really enjoy.
For years, I have hoarded vintage quilts, chenille blankets, linens, hankies and doilies with the intent that I would make them into something new. I did make some awesome hankie quilts, hankie angel dolls and teddy bears made from chenille blankets and cutter quilts a few years ago. Please keep an eye out for my new creations which I will sell on EBay and Etsy. This is going to be an interesting year!
Speaking of hoarding, I have collected vintage brooches, earrings and broken jewelry pieces for years. I have also been experimenting with creating these into repurposed assemblage necklaces. These are a nice change in design for me and quite refreshing.
As I mentioned on an earlier post, I wanted to start selling vintage items on Etsy and even had a contest to name the store. What I didn't realize is the store name I selected was already in use, so I have had to select another name. I expect to be opening that store in the next few days. Stay tuned for details...