Thursday, May 5, 2011
Another incredible talent of Annay's was her craftiness, including marvelous sewing and crocheting. Even into the last few months of her life she was actively crocheting prayer shawls for people in need at our church. If she thought someone could benefit from one, she'd start on it immediately. She was also an amazing seamstress. This was something that Annay and I could really talk about in the last few years since I've really picked up sewing. She'd always ask if I made EG's outfit she had on, and I'd secretly hope that she wouldn't look too close! Haha! Knowing how wonderful she was with the sewing machine, I just knew she'd find 1,000 mistakes in each piece of clothing I made. Of course, I worried for nothing because she was never anything but kind and complimentary of everything I made. And, if I hadn't made something that EG was wearing, she'd always tell me, "well, you could make it". In the last few weeks before she passed she would always remind me that she had tons of sewing stuff that "no one else was going to use" and that she had started a quilt for EG that I needed to find in her sewing room and finish. Well, I found out just how much she was talking about when we started to go through it the other day. Wow. I found the quilt that she started (and all but bound) for EG, and I am in awe. When I showed the quilt to EG and told her the story behind it she hugged it tightly, looked up, and said "thank you sweet Annay". Her little cousin was with us and said, "that's not Annay" (talking about me), and EG replied, "Not Mommy...Annay's up in the sky, but she can hear me. Thank you." It nearly brought me to tears. Here is the quilt and, yes, it is all hand quilted...
Aside from the gorgeous quilt, after going through all kinds of fabric I ended up bringing home probably 20 yards, plus a few other odds and ends (PLEATER!, lace, ribbon, thread, etc.). I've decided to do a little series of sewing tutorials/posts using nothing but Annay's gifts to me. Pictured below is a small sampling of the things that I was able to take to use. What an awesome gift. I know that she would be beyond thrilled for me to actually use these items to make beautiful things. I just hope that my sewing projects would make her proud :)
My EG, and everyone else, just adored her. And, EG says she understands that Annay is in Heaven with Jesus, and EG talks to her frequently. She says she knows that Annay can hear her. It's so sweet :) We will all miss Annay a ton, but I am confident that she is in a better place, that she was prepared to leave us, and that we will see her again. I'm so glad to have had her in my life :) All who knew her were definitely better for it.
I couldn't resist sewing with some of her lovely fabric when I was home on Wednesday. Here's a little sneak peek of what I made for the first installment of "Annay's Love"...tutorial to come this weekend :)