Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What will you leave as a lasting memory?????

So I often feel like I am harping about getting your memories and stories about yourself down and into quilts so other people will know about you and details about your past like school, playtime friends, little tea parties or pretend or kick the can, pick up straws, pin the tail games etc....remember roller skate keys? Sew them on a story quilt so they don't go in the garbage...and Scout pins and other treasures.
Last week my Aunt said "what will memories am I leaving?" She did not say this to me but to her daughter and a friend. My aunt has terminal lung cancer. I was so touched by this because this was exactly the thing my Mother said her last week before she died. She asked me to put at least three of her memories into small quilts for her.
October 30th, my Aunts friend is having a High Tea and we are all to bring something that has a tie to a memory. Now I have many things like this because this is how I think. I love memories and I teach memories and I thrive on hearing them and helping do quilts about them.
I am writing this because I want YOU to think about that question. What memories will you be leaving for generations to know something about YOUR life and the people and the things you love. A quilt or a work of art might be just a work of art but if you put people and things into your quilts, they are diary pieces.
Wonder how to do it? Get any one of my books from me or Amazon and make your very own story quilt about YOU and leave a piece so that you are leaving memories for others to enjoy and think about. Think about this, it is important....as important as you and YOUR own story.


WoolenSails said...

It would be a cross between my love outdoors and my crafting. Then the special memories in my life. Guess I need to start one and add the things that are special to me. Maybe me in the middle, working on a project and surrounded by memories.


West Michigan Quilter said...

What a beautiful post and such a great idea. As I am getting older (much older and far too fast) I'm thinking about these things. Small quilts with memories of our fun times will be so nice to leave to my kids.

Maree in NC :-) said...

Thanks for the reminder, Mary Lou!

Enjoy the high tea with your dear aunt. So nice that y'all will be sharing your special memories! I continue to keep her in my prayers.

Maree in NC :-) said...

Love the patchwork letters! :~D

Kathy said...

Thanks for the post MaryLou, I'm taking a class with you this November and need to start to brew over what I want to put in my story quilt.