today was my grandmother's birthday. i thought of her all day. today she would be 106 years old. i can't believe it's been 14 years since she died. her presence is still so wonderfully strong. i feel her pull me along every day as i sew. i have wonderful heirlooms from her. a quilt that she made me when i was 14 sits in the studio with me. and this lap throw she made for my grandfather is on the settee in our bedroom. crocheted granny squares (i love that part) that she made just large enough to cover my grandpa's legs when he was sitting in his recliner. i love this. the colors. the touch of her hand. i can see them sitting in their chairs together. i can feel their presence. there was always a gentleness in the air around them. gentleness with a pulse of energy and electricity. happy birthday grammy.
i feel like quilts are alive. they reflect all the little joys that make life special. they emanate love and warmth. the quilts i make blend a grandmother's ideals with a fresh youthful flair. there is a nostalgia for seasons past combined with hopefulness for a bright full future. you can find me online at www.chasinglightningbugs.com