Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blocks For Mom

Starting this month I'll be working on a series of hand embroidered blocks with the aim of making a lap quilt for my mom (she's 5'.5" and weighs 145 lb). Hopefully this time I'll be able to accomplish it. My mom has Alzheimer's :-( and lives 1430.11 air travel miles from me. I've attempted to make a baby quilt and failed. Perhaps after embroidering all the blocks I should take them to an experienced quilter. My mom is only 65 years old, her illness was diagnosed in her early 50's and now is progressing fast.

I am thinking 9 inch blocks in a very simple arrangement. The truth is I have no idea how many blocks I will need for a simple lap quilt, not even sure if I'll be adding sashing and borders.
So I have a lot of homework. Any help in figuring this out will be greatly appreciated it!!!

All patterns will be from my collection of Aunt Martha's Hot Iron Transfers.
I will be combining designs from various envelopes. Designs that bring warm memories of things, chores, likes, and such of my mother. This 1st block is in memory of the many times my mom hanged clothes to dry on the line (4 kids and Dad). That is how she taught me! In a tropical island there was no real need for a dryer, though I have the feeling that my mom would have loved to own one, especially when raising my younger sister and I and having to deal with flares of lupus. I'm so grateful for having her as my mom and for the way she taught me!!! The last advice mom gave me regarding laundry was when I was already married and with my first baby, she said to me: "don't put off folding the laundry, it's much better to fold as soon as the dryer stops". Simple but oh so true!!!

8 comments:

  1. So nice of you to make a quilt for your mom. My dad had to move into an alzheimer's home this past summer and I made him a wall quilt for his room. I tried to make blocks of things that were important to him in his life. Hopefully when he looks at it it will bring back memories and make him smile. Terrible disease. If I can help you figure out your quilt measurements or anything, just ask!

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    1. Thanks, L.! It is a terrible disease, heart breaking. Sorry to hear that you are dealing with the same situation. Your Dad's wall quilt must be beautiful! Thanks for offering to help with quilt advice! Will for sure let you know if I get lost :-)

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  2. What a sweet, sweet thing to do for your mother! I know she'll be so proud of your work and the love you've put into it.

    I recently purchased an Aunt Martha pattern called "Monday's Child" with intentions of putting the embroidered blocks in a baby quilt.

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    1. Thanks! I sure hope so :-)! / That's a cute one, I'll keep my eyes open for when you start stitching it!

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  3. What a sweet project, I know your mom will love this and will love having a piece of you with her to hold in her hands and give her comfort. I'm not a super-duper experienced quilt maker, but I think 9" blocks sound about perfect. You'll loose an inch on each one (with a 1/4" seam allowance)but if you did 48 blocks (6 down and 6 across) you should end up with a nice 48" square blanket, which would be a nice size for a lap quilt for sitting and such. Of course not all the blocks need to be embroidered, you could mix in some of the adorable & colorful vintage inspired fabrics. What ever you do, it will be wonderful! I love your laundry hen, you're already off to a great start!

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  4. Thanks so much for the advice and encouragement! I think then perhaps I should cut them 10" so I'll end up with 9". Hmmm, may need to do some quilt layout sketching to see how many blocks I will need to stitch. Thanks Again!!!

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  5. My heart goes out to you and for your mom as she deals with this devastating time in her life. I loved reading your sweet memories of her. Cant wait to see when you are finished!

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  6. Wait a minute, your baby quilt looked great from this end. It's funny how our lives fit together like quilts. Virtual hugs for you and your mum.

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