My grandmother later suffered from dementia and she did not make much, if anything, after this quilt. I cherish this and I believe it sparked a passion for quilts!
After my son was born in 2008, I needed something just for me. I needed something that didn't have to do with being a mother. I pulled out a tiny singer sewing machine I bought when I was married and started sewing. It was a bit of an escape for a new SAHM. I found a pattern online and used fabric my mother had left after making my son's baby quilt.
I did not know how to rotary cut. I think I made cardboard templates and cut out each piece. The pieces were wonky (as you could tell) but even then I had the flair for scrappy! I wanted the quilt to be bigger so I added sashing from scraps. I hand quilted fire hydrants in it. The batting was part of an old flannel sheet. This ended up being a gift for a friend who was having a baby. After I was finished with this little quilt, I was so driven to make more and become better!
I think if it weren't for my grandmother, I wouldn't be the quilter I am today. I am so thankful that I was able to know her the way I did, spending weeks in the summer with her.