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Thread: musings: Mamaw's thread

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    My grandmother taught me how to sew. We spent many wonderful days together making project after project. These all started with a trip to the fabric store for patterns and material - never as much as the pattern called for since Mamaw could lay out a pattern in a way that didn't waste a scrap. So it was always a surprise to me that she would buy two spools of thread. She'd pick up the thread and say, "One to sew and one to rip."

    Well, today has definately been a "one to sew and one to rip" sort of day. I'm making a warm wishes quilt for a grandboy and have managed to make two rather glaring errors in assembling it so am so glad I have plenty of thread.

    One to sew and one to rip - isn't that a life plan? Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Life happens. Expect bumps in the road, but move ahead anyway.

    So all day long I've thought of my dear Mamaw. Sweet memories made a much easier time with my "one to rip".

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    What a cool way to look at life.

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    Mamaw's do that.....Leave sweet memories. Mine did. She passed in 1984 at the age of 100 years, 1mo., 26 days. I will post some of her quilts she made for me sometime.

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    A wise woman! Would love to see her quilts!

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    Perfect thoughts!

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    Here's one of them - Cathedral Windows - completely cut, pieced, and quilted by hand. She made it for my mother who later gave it to me. I remember Mamaw sitting and sewing for many hours through several winters to get it done. She told me that if I ever let my grandchildren play with it out in the yard she'd come back to haunt me! At the time I couldn't imagine a day when I'd have grandchildren, but lo and behold it's happened - two precious boys. But that quilt is lovingly displayed in my bedroom and though I'd love a visit from her, feel fairly safe from being haunted!
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    It's beautiful!! It's justl;ike getting a hug from your grandma. Thanks for sharing.

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    That's my favorite design! It's a beautiful quilt!

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    My grandmother always made quilts. She used outgrown clothes, scraps her daughter or DIL's got from garment factories. She also never left any scraps bigger than a pencil wifth. My mother taught me to sew but could never have put a quilt together. One block drove her crazy. That is how I got started making quilt tops. She brought home a pattern from one of the girls she worked with and I had to sew it. I have made many and I have given everything away. I have never kept one for myself. I have one called "Tennessee" from Quilter's cache I have not quilted yet. I may keep it or give it to my daughter from KY.

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    I'm still working on that Warm WIshes quilt - I'm determined to get the top put together TODAY. I have made all the rows and am putting them together in sets of four. When I get those units together I go lay them on a spare twin-sized bed to admire my work. The last one I put out..... has the bottom row sewn on upside down. Enough already! This is the third glaring error! One row has one focus block upside down, but I lovingly left it that way, but not a whole row - ruins the pattern of the quilt. Pooey Pooey POoey Maybe one to sew and TWO to rip????????????? :(

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