I think I've mentioned before about Mum making cot blankets for all her great grandchildren. All 13 (I think) have a lovingly embroidered cot blanket, all have had bears on, all have had beautiful wool embroidered flowers, garden, butterflies and bees.
A few years ago, when she still could sew, she was pondering what to do with all the little bits of wool left over from the blankets. Mum can't throw anything out, even if it's broken she has trouble throwing it out!! Anyway, after a little persuasion (from moi) she made a couple of little covers in patchwork style, gave them away to anyone that even had a tenacious connection to a baby and I gave it no more thought.
A couple of weeks ago she was giving me her weekly contribution to the clutter in my house (she's been 'giving' me things every week for months now, cotton reels with a smidgen of thread left on, half a packet of needles etc) and out she walks with a bag full of wool blanket off cuts!! In there was this little blanket. All joined together and stitched with adorable little bears. That's as far as it got obviously. She was worried that she couldn't finish it AND even if she could she didn't have anyone to give it to. So, I brought it home, bought some lovely 1950s repro fabric for the back, big stitch quilted around the squares and bound the edges.
Now I love it so much that I shall take it back to her on Wednesday and tell her to keep it for MY first great grandchild and my heart will break with the knowledge that she won't be here to see it.
Oh yes, the contribution to clutter ~ I keep every little thing.
I love you Mum.
Talking of which, I have nearly finished their anniversary quilt. I have a tiny bit of hand quilting to do on the centre panel and the binding to stitch down. I know it sounds odd to say I still have quilting to do when the binding is on, but my wrist was so painful that I did the machine (yep, machine) quilting and stitched the binding on. It's made absolutley no difference to the centre, I made sure it was well pinned down and nothing has shifted. Probably a day hand quilting and then stitch the binding down on the back. I should have it finished for show and tell at my patchwork group on Thursday. Photo's by then I promise.