Through my local quilt guild I have made a lovely new acquaintance, Margreta. She in turn has a sweet sister, Mira. I've only just met Margreta and I only talked to Mira for a few moments on the phone. They are women with very kind personalities. I also hint a bit of 'fun' and 'adventure' in their tones with each other.
These women have a most wonderful treasure. Their Grandmother left behind 62 dresden petals that need a home in a warm and loving quilt. Well...actually two quilts. I'm going to make two quilts from these gorgeous dresdens and plan to have two left over for a couple of pillow shams. Each sister will have a keepsake from their Grandmother and these dresdens will finally have a happy ending.
What sweet memories. I have no idea what it's like to be an immigrant. My family has been here in Florida since the early to mid 1800s and in Georgia before that. I can only imagine the excitement, anxiety, and all the jumbled emotions that must go with starting a new life.
I've had such fun going through each of these dresdens, trying to decide which remnants were from aprons and maybe which one were dresses. Which fabrics did she love? Since these were fabrics from her many projects, each one must hold a memory...a special event...someone she loved. I can tell that she loved her fabric; she sewed and pressed them with great care. She took the time to save such tiny pieces and join them together to make something so beautiful.
Now that I have them...now what??
Well, these lovely little dresdens have been sitting still for quite some time (over 50 years). So the first thing was to take a look at the petal's points.
I'm taking my time with these beautiful treasures. They will reside with me for a short time in their long life; I'm honored to be a small part in their story.
Life is sweet and the rain just stopped. The weekend is starting and I can't wait to see what memories I can make with those I love. Life is but a breath and I cherish each one. -Little Mama
Swedish Grandmother Part 1
Swedish Grandmother Part 2