As a graphic designer all of my work follows a similar path; challenge – idea – development – deadline. I am so used to working that way that I start and finish some of my best quilting projects when I’m working against a deadline.
That’s a trait that I share with a couple of my brothers who have also worked as graphic designers, and it makes my mom a little crazy. She has a hard time understanding why I would put myself under so much pressure, but for me the time constraints are a powerful motivator. It’s just the way I work.
Ten or so years ago when she was still able to hand-piece and hand-quilt, mom had the foresight to secretly make wedding quilts for her three youngest grandchildren who were barely in their teens at the time. Her intent was to make these gifts while she still could. I wonder if perhaps she felt a deadline looming, because sadly, she can no longer see well enough to do the handwork she loved.
Mom got to give the first of these three quilt gifts to my niece Bethany who was married a couple years ago. The other two were packed away at my brother’s house for safe keeping until this year at Christmas when she decided not to wait any longer.
I knew the story behind these quilts, but I hadn’t seen them finished. It was so much fun to see the wonderful handwork, and even Mom was pleased with her workmanship. I photographed them as well as I could in her tight space then we wrapped them back up for her to give to Joe and to Lisa. These modern quilting generation grandchildren were thrilled with their traditional quilt gifts. I thought I’d share them with you.