I went to a sewing retreat that was sponsored by Baby Lock recently and it happened to be in my home town of St. Louis. After the event, I stayed over for a visit with my family.
The second of the three skirts
that Mom made last week.
I shared with my mother downloadable patterns that I had received from participants at the retreat, and showed her a quick knit skirt that I had serged. My nieces were there and also fascinated by all the new sewing supplies, and I asked my mother if she had been teaching them to sew.
She said that she just didn't have the time, and I found myself giving her a firm lecture, much like those she had given me over the years. I said that the only way to find time was to schedule it. If not now, when?
To my shock, it worked. The next time I saw her, she said that she had completed three sewing lessons with my nieces, made two skirts for them, and three for herself, all in the space of about three weeks.
The occasion of seeing her was an extraordinarily happy one. We were visiting my sister and her newly arrived son. Each day my mother wore a new skirt, and she looked so fresh and youthful, an echo of the happy time, in them that I asked if she would mind to make an appearance in my blog.
My mother has sewn all of her life, and has excellent sewing and couture skills, but she hasn't sewn much recently. It was such a thrill to re-ignite her passion for sewing, especially since she ignited mine in the first place. I learned so much about sewing from my mother, and I was happy to give something back and encourage her to pass it on to her grandchildren.
To see her embrace the new world of downloadable patterns and quick projects was wonderful. She even pulled out an old unfinished alphabet cross stitch quilt from when my brother was born 36 years ago, and made her way through more of the letters. Maybe this time it will actually be used by her new grandson!