Hopefully by now you have finished placing your flower orders in time for a Mother’s Day delivery! I have always loved Mother’s Day. I am not a mother, but I would like to think my years as a teacher as well as my efforts to be a positive influence to the younger women in my life qualify me as someone who, too, can partake in the celebration. After all, I think about all of the people I have met in the quilting industry who I have looked up to and who have been supportive to me over the years–people like Karey Bresenhan, Yvonne Porcella, Mary Fisher, Lesley Riley…the list goes on and on…and on. All of these women have helped shaped who I am today and without their advice, support, and friendship, I don’t know (nor would I want to know) what I’d be doing now.
In honor of this special day, I wanted you to meet my mom, Kathy. Here we are celebrating another special day about 20 years ago:
And at the Quilting Arts TV Taping, about 18 years later:
My mom has had to cope with many things over the years, including being a single mom for a while. Ask anyone who has met her: she is funny, smart, industrious, and very crafty. Since I was a little kid I’ve witnessed her immerse herself in a variety of crafts. She paints, watercolor pencils, sews, crochets, knits, used to be a mad gardener, and is an avid cook. I know I’m forgetting something, but the point is when she puts her mind to something, she gets so enthusiastic about it, it takes over her world. (Huh, now I know where I get it from…)
Imagine my GLEE when she told me she bought a sewing machine two months ago and is quilting! (Gee, it only took me 11 years at the helm of a quilting magazine to get her quilting again but I shouldn’t make fun…she is finally one of us!)
On the day her sewing machine arrived two months ago, I got a play-by-play via email of what the experience was like to take it out of the box. “It arrived!”, “I just took my first stitch!”, “I just pieced something together!”
Now she is a part of a quilting club, taking classes, loves watching quilt how-to videos online, and I couldn’t be happier. Because it means that when we see each other, we can have full-on, stay-in-our-pajamas-all-weekend-and drink-wine-and-watch-movies quilt-a-thons!
So in honor of Mother’s Day, mom, I thought to let you know what your present was. Yes, you’ll be getting flowers over the weekend, but the real gift will be a plane ticket to Houston in the fall, and a couple of classes at International Quilt Festival. The class catalog isn’t available yet, but when it is, we will go through it together and see what you want to take.
In closing, I will share with everyone a video of my mom and me on the set of Quilting Arts TV back in September, 2010. She hates this video. Too bad. I find it funny.
Happy Mother’s Day!