It's 2014! Do I have anything stitched? No, not yet. Today, I will be making my first new Moms block since January 26, 2011, when I finished Allie's mother's block. Hard to imagine it's been three years! In 2012, I didn't know I could make new blocks on an old project, so I started the Fairy Quilt. In 2013, I still didn't know, so I started the War Posters quilt. But this year, I know! I think the first one I'm going to do this year is my own mother. By the end of the year, I will have 18 blocks, but that isn't all there are, so I will probably continue into 2015. At this point, I plan to do two quilts, and my mother and my aunt will be in both of them. Here are some of the mothers already finished.
You can see these are very different from either of the last two projects. When I began, toward the end of 2007, I asked friends to send face pictures of a significant woman in their lives, taken somewhere between 18 and 25. I was amazed at the people who sent photos. Some sent more than one. Some sent wedding pictures and a few sent little girl pictures. There is a wedding photo quilt in my future, should I live long enough. Mothers came in, grandmothers, aunts, great-grandmothers and aunts. Most of them I know very little about, but Ati sent 3 more photos of her grandparents, and their home, buttons from her grandmother's sewing box, and pieces of crochet she had done. I incorporated those things into her mother's block. I thought it would be nice to have a book to go along with the blocks, but most people didn't send any information.
Some of the other blocks I'll do the next two years are Pat Winter's mother, my friend Candi's aunt, Charlene's mother, several of Deb Geyer's relatives, and several of Jane Bennett's, Karrin Hurd's grandmothers and aunt, Pam Kellogg's grandmother, my friend Fran's mother, and still others. If you have a similar picture of a significant woman in your life that you would like to scan and send, I'm more than happy to include them. If not, I'm also including a picture I purchased at an antique store in Mesa, AZ. It was in a bin of old family photos - a huge bin of abandoned and forgotten memories. I rescued this one to stand for all the women in our lives who have influenced us and who remain nameless except in our hearts.