Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Birthday present

For those of you who may not know, my mom is probably one of the most amazing people you could ever meet. She just is. She can talk to a bunch of people at one time and you still feel as if she is just talking to you.
Anyway. For my birthday this year I decided to take the day off and spend it with her because I haven't been able to do that for a few years. Let me add that she has been bouncing off the walls wanting to tell me what she got me for my birthday but refrained to avoid ruining the surprise.

After going to St George for lunch and shopping (as an added birthday gift my dad came, I don't think he has ever done that on my birthday before) we returned home and my mom could wait no longer. A big wrapped box was quickly thrust into my arms. As anyone in my family knows, I kind of hide how I am feeling and don't show a lot of emotion when I open presents. I ripped off the wrapping and opened the box. Inside was some cute fabric talking about family and sunshine and being happy. I took it out and opened it up. This was the front.

I recognized the material immediately. When my grandma passed away, instead of throwing away all her old shirts, I though it would be kind of cool to make them into a quilt. This was in 2004 and still in 2009, I had not succeeded. My mom unknowingly to me, had taken the shirts and cut them up to make this quilt. Funny as it is, I recognize so many of these fabrics and have different memories of my grandmother wearing them. Also, it brought back the many hours I spent at my grandma's house laying quilt blocks on the floor deciding which colors would look best together to be made into future quilts tops for the grandchildren she loved so much. For those who know quilting the sunbonnet girls are not appliqued, they are sewn on and afterward my mom hand quilted everything and bound it. I received two of the best presents I could ever imagine this year with my mom and my dad spending the day with me and this quilt from my mom. I loved it.
Thanks Mom for everything!


Cardine said...

Wow. That IS awesome. Those kinds of presents are priceless.

julie said...

Wow! What an amazing present! You'll be able to treasure that all your life and pass it on to your kids someday, along with your love of your grandma and mother.

Melissa Monday said...

Mom said she was making you a quilt but I had no idea that she was doing that, Em. What a beautiful present! I love it! It made me cry too, but as you know, I don't have too much of any problem showing emotion, especially these days. I love you and can't wait for a week from Tuesday--I'm feeling bad about putting you and mom on a red eye. I hope that you'll both recover okay. We did buy you guys a newer nicer bed. It's really comfy.