Welcome to Stash Manicure on a what I hope is a lovely warm autumn day...much like what you see on my farm. Hi, I'm GMAMA JANE, or Grandmama to my 5 Grandpeeps. You can find me telling my stories and quilting over at my place in blog world Madamm Samm so graciously asked me to come for a visit and like any good southern lady, I accepted with pleasure.
How can I begin to offer up my quilting skills to all the talented quilty ladies I read about daily here at Stash Manicure? Y'all are SEW Talented and Creative!! Sew, allow me to just share some thoughts about our PASSION... something we call, QUILTING!!!
Just like the stories I tell in order to preserve my family's heritage, QUILTS tell a story! QUILTS more often than not, tell a story about YOU! The QUILTS you create not only provide warmth and comfort but provide an avenue for YOU...for ME...to stitch through the ups & downs of life.
I like to call it QUILT THERAPY
For the next few minutes...have a cup of TEA or COFFEE
THINK about your STASH...your QUILTS
and COME WITH ME
|WEDDING "GUEST BOOK" QUILT... JULY 17, 2004|
In 2003, from June 30-July 8, the medical staff and nursing home staff/workers signed this small quilt offering up hope, blessings, and sympathy for me and my family as we kept vigil over my dying mother. This quilt reminds me of the love my mother and I received during a VERY stressful time! Have you been there??? Have you ever made a quilt for an elderly parent, relative, or nursing home patient? Did you contemplate your own old age? Did you pray for peace and contentment for your elderly loved one? Did you Grieve?
MY COAT OF MANY COLORS
From Big Grandma to Jane Ellen
Big Grandma was my Great Grandmother. EVERY year was spent stitching little treasures for all her children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren to receive as Christmas gifts. Each gift was wrapped in white tissue paper and tied with curling ribbon. I would receive little aprons, quilts, and handkerchiefs. The scraps were used to make this precious housecoat. Although I treasured this coat, as the years went by, it was misplaced and forgotten. Fast forward to 1982 when unpacking an old box, my son came running to show me the "Hippy Coat" he had found. I laughed so hard and quickly told him, with tears in my eyes, it was NOT a hippy coat but rather a very treasured "robe" from my childhood stitched with love by my Big Grandma! Don't you imagine, many of our Grandmothers have lovingly prayed over us as they have stitched treasures such as my "Coat of Many Colors" ? Do you think Dolly Parton's Coat looked like this one?
Big Grandma's QUILT THERAPY
QUILT FOR SWEET BABY JAMES
BORN 2 MONTHS PREMATURE
OCT. 8, 2007
My Sweet Baby James spent almost a month in the NICU while I made this quilt. Every worry, every tear, each milestone met, each bullet dodged, every good report, every bad report...all were "stitched" into the very fabric of this little quilt. James was released from the NICU on Oct. 31st with great joy! However, in the midst of great joy is often great sorrow. How were we to know that in a few short months we would learn that James had had a stroke "in utero" and would be diagnosed with mild/moderate Cerebral Palsy? Today, James is learning to walk on a walker and is the most delightful, smart, and funny 3 yr. old I know! Our tears have turned into JOY!
Have you stitched a quilt for someone who was sick or facing a life changing situation? Have you looked in their face when you gave them the QUILT? How did you feel?
QUILT "IN PROGRESS" for my BABY GIRL...AGE 26
I am currently praying for BABY GIRL to finish her college education, wait on the Lord to provide for HIS choice of MATE, and to be content in the PLAN GOD has for her LIFE!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Look it up!!
QUILT THERAPY in PROGRESS
Therapy comes in all forms
Some go Fishing~
Some have their hair done, and hopefully not with petroleum jelly~~~
Some confide in a friend!
Some just eat ice cream!
Roy Rodgers had his "Trigger"
We "quilters" have our stash and are only
the next stitch away from our own private
Thank you for visiting with me today~
Come on over and visit me here
for more stories, more quilting and the therapy bill is on me!