Everything I know about sewing, I learned from my mother. We had an old Singer sewing machine in the basement, near a ping pong table which was piled high with stuff, and she sat there patiently doing her sewing. We spent a lot of time there together, especially when I was in junior high school.
I have been trying to think of a theme that would bring me warm memories -- and I came up with this quilt which features birds, seen through a series of latticed windows.
Even though it is January, spring is coming (symbolized by Tu B'shvat)
and the days are slowly getting longer. Every year in the springtime, I
remember standing by the dining room window with my Mom, watching for
robin redbreasts -- the first sign of spring in the northeast! We had a casement window, with a screen that had a small box that could slide,
so that you could get to the handle of the window which opened
outwards. So, I have a very definite picture of our peeping through
little windows, watching for the robins. Here you can see the birds,
framed with a latticed affect, and a peacock fabric (I can just imagine the robins "strutting"
around on our front lawn), and bordered by bright yellow sunshine and blue sky!
This quilt measures 40 X 50".