Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Last summer I had the honor of learning free motion quilting under a lady I consider my mentor. She held a small class through the entire summer and it ended the middle of September. We met every two weeks. Gracie was 83 years old. She was most upbeat and up-to-date 83 year old I have ever met. I came away with so many quilting ideas and about life in general. She was "wonderful". Well, Gracie passed away this past January. Her death really through me for a loop, but Gracie will always be in my heart and the knowledge she passed on to me is beyond words. Upon her death, her family donated some things she was working on and her fabric to my local quilt guild. I came away with our last class project of hers that she didn't quite finish. One day I will finish it in her memory. I finished mine and sent it off to a cousin of mine.
Last night, a neighbor of mine, came by the house and presented me with a framed butterfly quilt block that Gracie had appliqued. It was one of the things she had picked up from Gracie's stuff. She gave it to me knowing how much I admired Gracie and her work. So Gracie's "Precious Memories" will always be in my sewing room. Gracie I hope you are looking down on me with your smile.