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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Crafting genes

I am blessed to be part of a long line of crafters, on both sides of the family. This is obviously important because things like having a green thumb only come down one side and I guess the gene was too weak - I didn't get it. But crafting, that one is pretty dominant.

There are so many examples I could give of the gifts that my relatives have made for me and for my family, or that got passed down through the years, but since this one comes on the heels of Mariana's 18th birthday gift from my mom, we'll focus on this.

My mom (MomMom to my kids because she thought she was too young to be a Grandma, Grandmom, Nana, Nannie, or such terms) has been saving at least one photo from each of Mariana's shows through the years. That's a lot of years and a lot of shows. For about the past two years she's had each one transferred to fabric with the plan of making a quilt or wall hanging.

Last night Mariana was presented with this unique gift. To say she was grateful would be to put it too mildly.

And it did remind me of just a few other projects through the years...

The quilt my mom made for my high school graduation and which was on my bed throughout my college years. Mine has only two shows and they're embroidered, not photo representations. But the reminders of my family and interests such as Bethany Birches Camp, my cocker spaniel, and my family were just as special.

And the baby quilt my mom made for a very special (and only - at the time) granddaughter. In fact, my mom was so ready for a girl after 2 grandsons that she had this made before Mariana was born, knowing that we never found out the gender of the baby until the moment in delivery when the doctor peeks and declares it to be. That's either a lot of wishful thinking or a lot of faith!

She even included a matching Sunbonnet Sue dress and hat for Mariana to wear with the quilt for her first birthday photos.

And here we are, almost 18 years later!

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