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Lessons from Momma


Every quilt tells a story.  This quilt tells an epic tale.  It started in the year, 2000 deep in the jungles of  Sumatra where I began my second quilting project.  “Lessons from Momma” quilt pattern from Terry Atkinson, where we were to make 12 quilt blocks to learn a variety of quilting techniques.

I finished two blocks and put it away.

I carried it over 8,000 air miles to Nigeria and finished three blocks before putting it away.

Then it was over 7,000 miles back to Thailand where it just sat for four years. I had so many other things to do in Thailand that I didn’t have time to quilt.

In Balikpapan, I pulled the quilt pieces out again and made three more blocks before putting it away once again.  When I finally got everything in Incline Village, It was time to finish this 18-year-old project.

I reconnected with my original quilting buddy Geri and asked how to finish up the border. She mailed me the information so I could finally finish my quilt. Because I am currently a member of the Bee Inclinded Quilters, I decided to have the quilt top quilted with honey bees and beehives.

I did learn several valuable lessons while working on this quilt. 

Not just quilting techniques from “Lessons from Momma” but also lessons that my mom taught me.  Never give up. If something seems too hard, ask for help. Beautiful things happen when you nurture things, and if you fail, you can try again.

This quilt project has taken the same amount of time that most parents have their children before they head off to be living on their own as adults.  I will often look at this quilt and think of the beautiful position I have been in during the sandwich generation between my mom and her grandkids.

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