Cabin Creek Stitchery shares TLC on 1/24/2013:
Brrr. This morning I woke to the thermometer reading -30 degrees outside. Needless to say, I didn’t mind an extra hot cup of coffee and my iron set on high in the sewing room today. As I warmed up a bit, my attention turned to the current project on the table: a custom t-shirt quilt a mother is giving to her son.
Every time the shipping box full of t-shirts arrives at my doorstep, a feeling of excitement comes over me. I quickly pull at the packaging tape, like a child eager to open a birthday present. What does the collection of t-shirts look like this time?
As I gently lifted each article of clothing in outstretched arms, I learned more and more about the person. This mother loves singing and biking and is full of passion. She has perseverance and truly loved these shirts. How can I tell? Well, these threads are well-worn.
Tenderly, I pressed each shirt and felt the love this woman has for her child. She shares so much of herself and wants her child to know her. This project requires special care and creativity; not to be completed with rushed hands. So, how will I preserve the material and make a functional blanket that will endure being dragged around kitchen floors by a small toddler and last him through his teenage years, too?
My first attempt left me with uneven stitches; a problem with the thread tension. Memories of my own mother from my childhood flashed in my head. Together we attempted a craft project, hers successful and mine full of mistakes. Frustrated, I grunted and threw down the project. Patiently, she reached to rip out my incorrect stitches; teaching me to fix my mistakes. Next, she calmly handed me back my project and encouraged me to try again. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” she insisted.
So, this morning, I ripped out the incorrect stitches, took a deep breath and enjoyed the process of gently maneuvering the fabric, delicately folding the edges and precisely adding decorative stitching to attach the well-loved, well-worn fabrics for this quilt. Yes, I could have used the store-bought sheet of bonding that fuses the fabric together. The attachment would have been instantaneous but the fabric becomes stiff and hard. No, this mother knows it takes effort and sacrifice and time to create lasting bonds with her child and her son’s quilt deserves the same.