Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sad day for my Mom

I wasn't around when Mom got her sewing machine. I know it was when my big sister Amanda was a baby and she is going to be 33 years this year. By the way, She doesn't like to reminded of that number either.
Anyway, back to Mom. The needle broke on her sewing machine again. It's been 5 this week, and the stitches are really skipping. I know Mom knows how to use her machine after all this time.
I saw her looking for reasons that needles would keep breaking and the stitches skipping on the internet. I saw her looking at the new machines too! She was just so upset that the machine is acting up again and again. She was having so much fun doing the sampler quilt with the Block of the Month on Craftsy. We love watching Mom sew, she's happy working on the blocks.
Why do they cost so much? Yeah, I know everything has gone up. There are not stores in this part of New Jersey that are like the store Mom got used to in Skowhegan, Maine. Mom misses the Fabric Garden so much. Kayla Murphy the owner, is the reason Mom knows how to sew. She patiently taught Mom over the years so many cool tricks to sewing.
When Mom decided to learn how to quilt, that crazy lady chose a Bargello heart for her first quilt. Kayla didn't try to talk her out of doing such an intricate pattern as her first quilt. She just asked what colors do you want to work with. Mom chose peach, turquoise and cream. Kayla helped Mom with the different shades to make the pattern flow before class so Mom had time to wash the material. Mom enjoyed the class so much, she still talks about it to this day how lucky she was to have found someone so special as Kayla to help her learn quilting.
I think Mom should do a road trip and go to the Fabric Garden to replace her old sewing machine. I think she will definitely be happy with whatever Kayla recommends.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mom's quilting again

It is so good to see my Mom at her sewing machine again. She's smiling and singing with the music on her good days.

She was hurt back in 2011 and couldn't sew, or read. All the things that she loved aggravated her headaches so much that all she did was listen to music in dark rooms. We are happy those days are less and less for Mom.

Dr. Silberstein made the difference in Mom's life, he put on her a treatment plan and the results are awesome. Mom goes every three months for Botox injections and her headaches are not as severe as they were. She used to vomit a lot with the pain. It made all of us so sad, that Mom hurt that much. If anyone you know has severe migraines, we highly recommend Jefferson Headache Center.

Well anyway, what I wanted to tell you about was this really cool website called Craftsy. Mom is so excited about the different projects they offer. There are so many different programs to choose from: Quilting, Crocheting, Knitting, Sewing, Cooking and more are offered daily.

Quilting has this block of the month option, teaching you different techniques each month. In addition to the block of the month options are several machine quilting classes, shortcuts to traditional quilts and so much more. Mom listens to the video with her coffee in the morning and then she heads off to her sewing room. Naturally, I go with her. If you saw the bed in her sewing room you would follow Mom too!

My little brother Yeatsie lies on the table by Mom's machine because he is really nosy. Youngsters with their incredible curiosity, he has to see everything Mom does. My older brother Quasi and I just love to stretch out on the bed and listen to our Momma sing while she sews.

We can always tell when Momma has a headache because she doesn't sing or try to sew very long. I'm just so happy she does try on her bad days because I know it makes her happy.