Monday, 8 May 2017

Angel In There Somewhere

I needed another project like, well you know – you’ve been there. 

I resisted the temptation to join in the Girt By Sea sew along for a while but then I read something on the Modern Makers Retreat blog that really resonated with me and from that moment I was in. 

Let me set the scene by sharing a little history…....

The person I most admire and the person l am most proud of in this world is my mum.  She went through some very difficult times and when my dad walked out he left her with 3 small children and a mortgage on the house they had just purchased.  At the time she was a stay at home mum but instead of crumbling she found a job, worked her tail off, put herself through night school and eventually qualified as an auditor and hospital administrator.  Through shear hard work and perseverance she managed to keep the house and raise 3 children with little assistance from my father.  Life wasn’t always a box of chocolates but my sisters and I never went without.   She was an incredible woman, never judgemental and always supportive of the decisions my sisters and l made (whether they were good or bad).  She showed us by example how to be strong, resilient women.

Now, how is this all relevant to the Girt By Sea sew along?  Well sadly mum passed away early on in my quilting journey so I never had the opportunity to make a quilt for her.  In all honesty, it hasn’t really been something l have dwelled on but when I read this Modern Makers Retreat post something changed.  
I can’t say why but my mum popped into my head as I read the words “there’s no place like home.”  Girt means to surround and at that moment I felt my mums presence surrounding me and I knew that I had to make this quilt for her.

With the decision made it was time to settle on what colour scheme to use.  Normally I would revert to my favourite scrappy ‘throw everything but the kitchen sink in’ kind of style but I wanted this quilt to be different, it had to be done in mum colours.  She loved autumn tones of browns, mustards and burnt oranges – all colours I rarely use so it took me some time to settle on a colour pallet.  I wanted to honour the autumn tones mum loved but needed to add a little punch. Plums and magenta were the answer.

As much as l love the vibrancy of this pallet I must admit that I am also terrified by it.  It is so far out of my comfort zone but I think that is quite fitting.  My mum is proof personified that you can work through adversary and succeed.  Knowing she is on this journey with me, guiding me, I am embracing the challenge and excited to finally be making a quilt for her.

I am still working on a name for the quilt but I am sure it will have the word 'Angel' in there somewhere.


  1. it's a beautiful quilt and I love the colour palette. How lovely that you're doing it for your mum. I lost mine back in January and had never had a chance to make her a quilt either.

    1. Thanks Wendy. Sorry about your mum. I hope in time you find the opportunity to make a quilt for her. It is actually very cleansing.

  2. This will be the very special quilt of all time, and to put it all into words for us to read is the extra mile you have walked. Grief can be in the tiniest of a piece even after so many years, I didn't make my Mum a quilt, she died when I was just 40, a long time ago. Maybe I need to think about making a wall hanging to celebrate her life as a nurse, a seamstress ( as they were called in the 1930's) a Mum,a Nanna, and so much more. Thank you for your post today.I hopped to you from Sarah.

  3. Oh wow -- I love those colors! Being out of your comfort zone is not a bad thing. Think of it expanding your horizons. And what a fabulous quilt this will be. Is this sew along available on the internet by chance?