I would like to tell you about my Nana who passed away a few weeks ago. I have mentioned her in countless posts (such as here and here…) so you probably know how much she helped and inspired me with my sewing and quilting over the years.
She was an incredible sewer and quilter and I used to love looking through all of the projects she was working on when I visited. Also, her huge collection of quilting books that she would pass on when I needed some help! She, like myself, always had several projects on the go at the same time.. so there was always a stack to look through. My Nana completed numerous quilting qualifications and had perfected so many techniques. I’ve always been tempted to cut corners when quilting but my Nana taught me how important it was to be accurate when cutting and piecing something – I feel so lucky to have learnt these skills from her. She was incredibly humble about her talents too, something that I really admired about her. I plan to share some photographs of her projects on here in the future so you can see some of her wonderful creations!
My cousin Amalie and I sewed a piece each to display at the funeral, which I think our Nana would have loved. Amalie is an amazingly talented artist and did an embroidered mixed media piece based on Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’. The woman pictured is my Nana aged 19, taken from the photograph above of her with our Grandfather. I’m planning to sew up my quilted English Paper-Pieced patchwork into a cushion so that it can be used and not hidden away. It’s made up of an eight point star, to represent my Nana’s eight children and then 24 diamonds to represent all 24 Grandchildren (I have to admit these a quite lucky numbers to be working with..)The little diamond on the bottom right is for the first Great Grandchild.
This has been an incredibly sad time for my family. My Nana was a truly amazing woman who inspired everyone around her and I am going to miss her so much.
The beautiful photograph above is of my Nana at her surprise eightieth birthday party and was taken by another of my wonderfully talented cousins, Grace.