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Mema’s Buttons…

One Summer trip that I took to Mema’s, shortly after my PaPa died, I took four little quilts with me to sew with her help. I just barely knew what I was doing, but even with her own stack of beautiful quilts, she never made me feel like my abilities, vision, or grasp of the art was insignificant. Looking back, I was making a very simple pattern with a limited understanding of the process, but I was determined. They were quilts for my brothers and sister to take with them when they moved to Mexico City in a few months. I was sixteen.

Looking at these buttons that I brought home from Mema’s house, even though those quilts didn’t have a single button, remind me of that giant project that she coached me through. She’d tell me how it should be done, then sit back and let me make my mistakes. She made many beautiful things herself, but they weren’t meant to be simply admired; they were used.  The embroidery was on a pillowcase, not a wall hanging and the doilies were out, not saved for holidays.  Oh, and what a practical country housekeeper she was! She kept nails and screws in with her notions!  I was cracking up as I sorted through this pile.

3 Responses to “Mema’s Buttons…”

  1. Jessica L. says:

    Hi Mel!
    Love all the different type of buttons and all the colors! John’s grandma passed away about a year ago and I was a little jealous of whoever got her sewing stuff. (even though I don’t know how to sew…) but everything from buttons to scissors and all were so vintage! :)

    Anyway, that countdown shirt I bought from Miranda (from the dorms) she makes them and sells them. Not going to lie, it was pretty expensive but for crafters, she has a tutorial on her blog :) I didn’t get mine until like 10 weeks or so because I wasn’t sure how the pregnancy was going to turn out. So I’d say 16 weeks is definitely a good time to start!

  2. Theresa says:

    Missy, those quilts turned out beautifully! You did an amazing job, and it was a huge undertaking for someone so young. I suppose we were all very lucky to have Mema, weren’t we!

  3. Steph says:

    Beautiful photos, Mel! And sweet memories too :)