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Thread: First quilt story.......have kleenex

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    Here's my story- I had not touched a sewing machine since high school -home economics class and now that dates me! And I remember that class being such a struggle!
    My mother was very crafty. She sewed my sister and I "look alike applique" dresses when we were growing up. My mother would crochet afghans for all family members when she was traveling. She claimed it helped her arthritis.
    For the grandbabies she made quilts which I have in storage for whenever my grandchildren come along. When she was in her early 80's she started to become forgetful, but had such a sense of humor and love of life, that she would laugh about it. She did continue to play card games and do crossword puzzles. Her father had been like that years ago, so she knew what was ahead. As it further developed, once in awhile she became frustrated with herself and would say, " Oh, *****" because she could not remember something. She joined in conversations less, but would always smile.
    At the time we figured that is just mom and life went on. My father was battling hodgkins non-lymphoma with numerous radiation treatments and chemo. She helped him for many years with this debilitating condition. But as the years advanced, he also took on the role of being her caretaker. I'm sure there were many challenges, that being as independent as they were-"the best generation"- did not let their family know about.
    My father finally had to leave their home and go into a hospice care facility. He put this off as long as possible and died two days after entering. We tried to reassure him that our mother would be taken care of. That was his biggest concern. They had been married for almost 70 years!
    My sister and I- having families and full-time jobs were not able to care for my mother personally and placed her in an assisted living care. It was with a very concerned, family- based home and we knew she was being cared for in the right way.
    We took her "masterpiece" quilt to her. It was the only one that she had kept for herself. Beautifully done! As her condition deteriorated and she became bed-ridden, it kept slipping on the floor. My sister at that point, took it home with her. When I went in to see her, for some reason, it bothered me.
    Cleaning out her stuff, I came across blocks and scraps of the same material that she had used in the quilt. I became consumed with putting it together into a smaller quilt. I quickly purchased a Brother sewing machine from CostCo. I DID NOT know what I was doing. Tried to do a disappearing 9 patch. Nothing matched as far as seams were concerned and I would have to resew them as they came apart. But I did manage to put together a resemblance of a quilt.
    My mother, right to the end recognized family members and would call me by name. She was in very happy spirits when aware and also seemed to believe my father was in the room with her at times. When I gave her the "quilt" she acted like a child at Christmas time. She was so appreciative of my beginner's efforts and that I had sewn her a quilt.
    This is a story I've been wanting to tell.
    The theme of it is family, love, and quilting! It is also how I started. Thank you for reading. It's been a year and a half but I miss her everyday.

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    oh, azgal ~ this truly is a sweet, sweet story. On so many levels. What a blessing to have this memory. Your sister has the quilt, which is a good thing; and you have this precious moment, which is a better thing. weep, kleenex, sniffle, more kleenex.

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    Your story is very heartwarming. I have tears in my eyes. What a wonderful daughter you are to do something so special for your mother. I'm sure she is looking down on you and is as proud as she can be. Thanks for sharing.

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    Your mom and dad sound like wonderful people.My parents are still living and I thank God for the time I have with them.Almost lost my mom to cancer ,it makes the time with her even more special.

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    You may miss her (them) but what great memories you have and a continued love for a new craft - and new friends on the QB.

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    My mother too suffers from Dementia. And it seems like my sewing her scraps together has made her so happy and brings memories back to her. She keeps the quilts and table tops in her home and proudly says that everyday she is reminded of how much I love her and care about what she cares about, not just being my Mama. So, your priceless act will be something that only you and your Mom will ever share - a blessing just for you. God bless.

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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful, sweet story.

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    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    What a beautiful thing to do for your mom! It's wonderful that you have those good memories of her and your time with her! God bless you!

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    Awwww (((HUGS))) You are a very kind, loving and thoughtful daughter (((HUGS)))

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    what a beautiful story, so heartwarming. I wish there were more stories like this.
    Thank you so much for sharing

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    Thanks for warning about the tissues, I needed them. Stories like the one you told are priceless and need to be told especially to the young people. thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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    What a special story! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Thanks you for sharing you wonderful story. This is 6:00 evening stuff. Both my parents are gone, but every stitch I take or undo I feel my mother's presence. My dad used to tell stories about mom's sewing. He was sure that everybody should have threads or ravels on their clothes.

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    {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} Thankyou so much for sharing this wonderful, precious memory with us. Your parents sound very much like mine. My dad passed almost 8 years ago....died 14 days after going to hospital..at age 90. My mom is still living, but failing rapidly this past 6 months or so. She is 91. My sister is the main caregiver as my brothers and I live too far away. I am so glad for you that you and your sister have such memories to share with each other.

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    Very beautiful story. As my Mom is declining, she loves to do little things with me, like straightening out 5" charm squares when I take them out of the dryer...seems like not much at all, but she loves to help me in that little way and it is a small act that I will always cherish.

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    What a loving story. Good for you for seeing her need and filling it. You are blessed.

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    Hugs, and thanks for the Kleenex warning. Mom is getting there and Dad is already gone. Unfortunately, I don't have a special memory like that.

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    Beautiful story

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    What a wonderful story for you to share. Thank you.

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    Thankyou for sharing that lovely memory of yours -memories are very special.
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    Wht a wonderful story!!! I love that your desire to please your mother was your inspiration to start quilting. Keep it up....you will be amazed at the impact that a simple quilt can make in the life of someone you give it to. It expresses love and concern like nothing else can.

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    What a wonderful story you shared with us. My mother passed away before I got into quilting like I do. I only wish I could have given her one like you did with your mom. You are a wonderful person and so glad your mother enjoyed the quilt. You will alway miss your mom...mine has been gone for 20 years and I still shed tears once in awhile thinking of her

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    Oh how truly blessed your mother really was. How thoughtful you are to have done this for her. Trust me, the masterpiece in her mind, was the one you created for her. Nothing touches a parent more. God bless you! Thank you for sharing your memories with us, in your sharing you remind us that each gift we make someone else (whether it is appreciated in the beginning) is another memory of love that we have given to others.

    I am greatful that I have the opportunity everyday to read such wonderful stories such as yours.

    Thank you for the reminder that I feel we all need from time to time.

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    I want to thank you, too. You are a wonerful person to do that for your mom. It was hard to finish your story without feeling such a loss for my own sweet mama. She could make something from nothing. It was amazing. I miss her every day and she left me in body, but never in spirit. She taught me to sew and it became a business that furnished a livelihood for my family ( 7 kids+ DH and myself for 40 years. She has been gone for 27 years and still when an item is finished, I know somehow she was part of it. Mom are wonderful!

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