I’m not sure where this will go….
I was recently looking through my old galleries and found a whole slew of photos (like the new header) taken 2 years ago, this week, while vacationing in Maine. This Maine vacation was a family reunion to celebrate the life of my father’s mother- my Memere- Bunny. She was overtaken by Alzheimer’s long before she was done living. This blog is named for her.
I can remember being about 7 and visiting them in Florida. One of her lovely handmade quilts was hanging in their living room and she challenged me to find the 3 pieces she had mis-sewn. That took some looking! Afterwards she said to me: “There are always mistakes. You can’t worry about it too much. That’s Life!”
I didn’t think of this again until last summer when I got my first commission for a quilt. In a high state of panic I wondered how on earth could my work ever be good enough?! “There are always mistakes. You can’t worry about it too much.” Remind yourself often.
Bunny did not teach me to knit or to quilt, I didn’t start doing either until after she had passed away. But she was my inspiration to begin. She mentors me every time I look at her work, and unvent it anew. I’d like to compare notes someday.
Every night I sleep under one of her quilts. I wear her handknit sweaters and mittens. My children wear her sweaters, mittens and socks. I knit with her old wool. I think of her every time I sit down to knit or sew.
I think of her every time my father talks about Alzheimer’s and his future. I wonder if that’s another path down which I will chase Bunny.
And now that I’ve emotionally overexposed myself – GO HONOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE!
I’m hoping, in the near future, to start a Flickr pool of her work. Right now I have nothing recorded digitally, but I’m going to start and if all the Boisvert clan could contribute I would be most obliged!
added later… I just started a new set on Flickr with a few of the things we wear most frequently. Once it dries up outside a bit I’ll start taking the quilts out for their photo shoot.