Today is a special day for me. It has a sad story, but a good quilt.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of losing my mother, Catherine. It almost seems impossible that she has been gone that long and that I have manged to live (and live well) without her.
Another reason I decided to make a "Mother" quilt this year is that I am the age, 48 years old, that she was when she passed away. Like so many vibrant, beautiful women, she died of breast cancer.
"Mother's Garden" is the quilt I've been working on for many months in anticipation of this day.
The quote is by Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple". It seemed the perfect sentiment to me.
This is my own design and was inspired by antique quilts. The center block was made about 5 years ago and the project was resurrected this year when I designed the borders.
I intend to mark the quilt top today and baste it. I look forward to spending many hours hand quilting it this winter.
Thanks for letting me share this story and quilt with you.