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January 9, 2009

Friday Follow-Up - sort of

As you know, I've been out of town. I left three weeks ago to rush out to California after my dad's heart attack - and I'm still here. Dad passed away on Tuesday. My brother and I are cleaning out the cupboards and closets of the house where we grew up. So this isn't my usual kind of Friday Follow-Up post, but it does show you a little of what I've been up to.

We've found some lovely things: my baby book, a lunch sack containing several pairs of baby shoes, books we loved, one of my brother's birth announcements (we didn't find a baby book for him), and two copies of Mom and Dad's wedding invitation (one for each of us, wasn't that lucky!?).

One box surprised me: it contained six or more hand-embroidered dresser scarves, plus a luncheon set with tablecloth, six napkins, and a potholder all embroidered to match. Who made them? I know it wasn't my mother. She loved to sew but did not embroider, knit or crochet, as far as I know. Since she died ten years ago, and my grandmother a few years after her, I guess I will never know the answer to that question.

This photo shows one of the dresser scarves on the bottom; in the top of the photo is a cloth that Mom appliqued with birds made from bias-cut fabrics.

The luncheon set

I found a box of quilt pieces and blocks. Evidently the fabric on the bottom of the box was to be the backing. I recognized some of the fabrics from sports shirts Mom had sewn for Dad when I was little; my brother recognized a few more.

I love vintage linens and will take the embroidered items home with me, after sending one to each of my grown daughters. I'm trying very hard to not take much home; my house is cluttered enough and I have very little storage space, but some things are precious and priceless.

But why did Mom have four punchbowls?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Hi Kathi.... I was saddened to read of your fathers passing.... I hadnt seen any posts from you on NOP for ages so I came here to see what you've been up too.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I have to say though what a wonderful gift to spend time with your father and your brother. What gifts you have found in your childhood home. I pray for you dear lady.
    Jean from NOP


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