My grandpa made a trip down to our neck of the woods to bring me my grandma’s sewing machines and paraphernalia. I tell you what, initially, it was almost overwhelming, because of the sheer volume of things to explore, but overwhelming in a good way.
We had a wonderful visit. Grandpa got the basement lights wired up for my sewing workshop area (still a work in progress) and he was bamboozled by the way the original owners of the house had done things… He said, “OSHA would have a FIT!” So we are aware of the fact that we need to get an electrician in here to make things make sense and get it up to code.
But, the exciting part was seeing the space come to life with her machines.
Once everything was set up, I got started by browsing through her crochet and knitting pattern binder, looking at various projects she had started and made. I happened upon a yarn which my younger sister would LOVE, so I started a scarf for her birthday coming up.
Then my next adventure was going through some of the incomplete projects Gram had started but not finished. There is a beautiful friendship quilt I am eager to piece. Most of the blocks are cut and stitched, it just needs to be put together. She took extensive and meticulous notes, almost as if she were leaving them intentionally for me to follow.
But the hurdle to leap prior to getting started on the quilt was to familiarize myself with her machines. She had spent time with me as a kid, maybe in the early 2000s teaching me on what she had at that point, but around the time I was in highschool, got some different machines. So I’ve been learning her Baby Lock Ellegante² embroidery machine and Baby Lock serger.
I decided to start off by doing a “test piece” that I will use as a block in the quilt my oldest daughter and I are making together. It went well, I learned the threading, how to position designs, etc.
There’s so much more to explore and go through– I cannot even describe it all. Grandpa wasn’t exaggerating when he said there was tons of stuff.
I love it– it’s like getting to spend time with grandma, and I get to reflect on our time spent together, and I know she would be pleased that I’m able to complete some of the things she began. Her legacy as a seamstress was skillful and richly beautiful. I’m honored to be able to carry it on, and God willing, pass it on to my daughters as well.