Friday, January 7, 2011

let's get back to sewing...

I was driving down the street and stopped and rang the doorbell...  She stood there at the door and welcomed me into the house...  As I followed down a long hallway, I wondered where we were heading, but kept my mouth shut.  We crouched down and went through a very small door and on the other side was a long porch.  It was filled with tables and we sat down.  A man brought us drinks and she stared at me...
I wondered what she was going to tell me.  I hadn't spoken to her for more than 10 years.   She had her knitting sitting next to her and she asked me one question...

Why aren't you sewing?

Then I woke up.

For the first time, I had dreamed of my maternal grandmother.  She passed away May 3rd of 2001.  For the last year or so she suffered from Alzheimer's and was mute.   I thought about this dream all day while I was running my errands.  Going to Lowe's to give them the final measurements for the counter top, picking up meds at the pharmacy and remembering to buy milk and forgetting to get dog biscuits.

My grandmother was a seamstress.  She made many of our dresses and most of my prom and homecoming outfits.  After we grew too old for her sewing she started crocheting and knitting.  She would make afghans and I have the last one she ever made.  Yes, there are a few skipped stitches but I wouldn't trade it for anything...

Late this afternoon I thought about her words to me in that dream...so I headed up to the sewing room and
sewed 12 blocks together to finish a quilt top, then I got the borders cut and I hope to have those put on tonight.




I feel much better and I think grandma would approve...

Nancy

13 comments:

Karen said...

We should always obey grandmother!

I think dreams such as this are a treasure. Dreaming of my grandparents brings back many memories when I awaken.

Diane said...

Aren't grandmas the best? Mine taught me to crochet and embroider, and I think of her every time I do either of those things.

Cindy said...

Wow, Nancy! I was thinking about you today and wondering if you'd ever finish that house and get back to sewing again. I miss your quilty blog posts. Grandma's are always right, you know!

Pat said...

You are lucky that you had a grandmother who knew those things and inspired you. I didn't have that influence. I hope to teach some of my skills to my granddaughters...daughter's had no interest so far. I do love your sampler quilt blocks...going to be a nice quilt!

bettyp said...

I have dreams like that too !!
So,get back to sewing!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great going Nancy! Just remember her words, and keep on sewing :-)

Lorraine said...

My grandmother used to do beautiful fine crochet ...and even after she had a stroke she still continuted although it was with a thick croceht hook and wool....she made rugs (one of which I have)...I also have a wagga that she made using a woolen coat as a "base" to which she added scraps of fabric to create a colourful quilt/blanket. I rescued it from Dad's shed - he was using it to cover a piece of machinery!

Janet said...

What a beautiful dream, I think she must be watching over you. Good job on getting the blocks together!

Trudi said...

My grandmother was a wonderful cook, knitter, you name it she did it! And if she had to ask why, you knew you were in trouble! LOL Glad to see you are back !

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

What a sweet post!

Chris said...

What a wonderful dream - and a wonderful Grandma! She is watching over you.

Janell said...

It was probably a great mental switch for you to do this. And perhaps it can be the first new quilt for the new house???? Nothing like a sampler quilt-what a nice blend and something that was easy to put together to ease you back into your sewing a bit more.

Lindabee said...

How ever did you get twelve blocks cut and sewn in one afternoon? What's your secret?