My grandmother passed away on February 06, 2008. Her health had been failing for quite some time so it wasn't sudden, but I was still unprepared for the phone call that I got at 6:30 pm.
Nanny, as she was affectionately called, was to me, the original refashionista diva in my family. She could take what appeared to be nothing to you and turn it into something beautiful and functional. She could see a picture of a piece of clothing and copy it. She loved to quilt as well as sew. She would make a quilt for you, and if you had a baby, a quilt for him or her. And, if your baby had a baby, another quilt was made. If you gave her a greeting card with a design on the front, that picture would end up on quilt for you- all hand sewn!
I didn't really appreciate her vast sewing skills until I was older. I look at my mother now and see all of those qualities of her mother in her. When I go home to visit, I am joined at her hip to soak up what she knows as far as sewing is concerned. Oh I wish she lived closer!!!
So with that, I know that I need to appreciate what has been handed down to me and keep it alive so that I can pass on what I know to my son. Sewing is a life skill but more so a part of who I am. So for all that sew, embrace it, develop it and above all, appreciate it!
Thank you and I love you Nanny.........