I figure it’s safe to post this now, but just in case:
Mom, if you are reading this post before you open your birthday presents, please stop now. 🙂
The February Stashbusting Sewalong theme is selfless sewing; sewing something for someone special in your life. Appropriately enough, February is also the month in which my mom’s birthday falls. And who better to make something for from my stash than my mom?
My mom is such a special person to me. She raised two kids (and two dogs) in a military household, moving and adapting to new countries every few years. No matter where we were, we were having fun, being silly, and being creative. Some of the early photos of my sister and me were playing in the kitchen. I remember sewing little things together, like rag dolls (inspired by the Little House books), when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade. We were inquisitive kids and mom fostered that. We’d cut out and frost cookies for holidays, make papier mache easter eggs, and so much more.
My mom was an elementary school teacher for many years. In one of her classrooms (or a friend’s classroom, I forget which) one day they were coloring pictures of squirrels. (This was back in the day where kids could use crayons in school without fear of lawsuits about choking hazards.) There was a little boy (if I remember correctly) who was coloring his squirrel purple. When told that squirrels weren’t purple, the boy replied something to the effect of, “If I want a purple squirrel, I’m going to color it purple, damnit!” From that point on, Mom embraced the idea of a purple squirrel as an symbol of personal creativity.
My mom taught me to sew, to cook, and even gave me the serger that she purchased when we were stationed in West Germany. I still use that serger today, to express my creative side. Every year for her birthday is quite a challenge to come up with a good idea, as my parents aren’t big on “things”. I thought I would make her something.
Over a year ago, I saw a print in my friend’s etsy store that just screamed out for my mom. My mom loves blues and purples, so when I saw a purple squirrel (!!) on a blue background, I knew I had to have the fabric! It sat it my stash, waiting for something to inspire me. I only had a fat quarter, so it had to be a small project, but something that my mom would use. When I saw the potholders in a zakka sewing book, I knew immediately that I wanted to make them for her. (You can always use another potholder, right?) And so, I made her a pair of potholders for her birthday.
There are four below, because I kept a pair for myself. ^_^; My mom’s are the two on the bottom row: the blue one with the purple squirrel (squee!) and the purple one with blue dots. The blue fabric is backed with the red polka dot fabric as seen in the top pot holder.
This was my first attempt at quilting, machine or otherwise, so I was a little nervous. It turned out just fine, I think. (Although I did have moments when marking the stitching lines that felt like I was back in high school geometry class or something.) They do have that special potholder insulating layer in them, too, so they are properly functional as well.
I hope my mom likes them. They’re just a small token of thanks to a mom who has been so influential in my life.
I love you, Mom! Happy birthday!