Sunday, 10 March 2013

Unfinished business

I wasn’t sure whether to blog this week (the reason will become apparent shortly) but as it’s Mother’s Day, I thought I should.

My Mam died on Thursday. She’d just recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and although the end came quicker than expected, she went peacefully and was in no pain.

She had a passion for sewing and needlework and made some beautiful things. Very few though were for her, they went to charity instead.   

On looking through her sewing room my sister and I came across several unfinished things for charity that she’d either been in the middle of making, or was about to start:

Little teddy bears to bring comfort to traumatised and distressed children. 



Adult, boys and girls quilts for families made homeless due to domestic violence or fire.



I gathered together all her work and brought them home. My Mam may not be able to finish them but I could.

Although I’m not as good as she was, I hope she would have been pleased with them when they’re finished.

Gertie
xx

17 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss, she sounds like she was a very special lady.
    I'm sure there's no greater tribute you can pay than to finish the things she was making.
    Today must have been a hard day

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  2. So sorry to hear about your mam. It's very hard when someone close passes away. What she has been doing is fantastic and she sounds like a great lady. I'm sure what she made has been a great comfort to those who received them.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. She was obviously a very talented lady, something which she has obviously passed on to you. How wonderful that you can finish those things that she started so they can go to their intended homes.

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  4. My deepest sympathy for you. Your mum was one talented lady and how nice that you can finish them off so they can go on to people in real need.

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  5. What a poignant post. Thank you for sharing your mum's beautiful craftwork at such a difficult time. She sounds like an amazing and inspirational person and so talented too, those teddies are just adorable!

    I hope it brings comfort to you to be able to finish what she started xxx

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  6. I'm so sorry. Your mam sounds like she was a wonderful lady and you must feel quite proud of her achievements. How amazing that you can finish some of what she started - a fitting tribute.

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  7. I'm sure she'll be with you every stitch of the way. This must have been a difficult post to write and the photographs are beautiful. It's lovely that you'll be finishing what she started - I'm sure she'd have loved that.

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  8. You must have had a difficult day today so my thoughts are with you. Sharing a part of your Mam's last projects will surely bring you some comfort in the immediate future xx

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mam sounds like a very lovely lady. You clearly have inherited her skills.

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  10. My thoughts are with you at this sad time, it's not an easy thing to go through, I'm sure that finishing off some of the things she started will bring much comfort to you.
    Take care

    Jan x

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  11. How very sad for you and your family, and how kind of you to share the lovely things your Mam made with us. I am sure it will help you when you decide it's time to complete the pieces your Mam had started, probably very emotional, but very comforting.
    Take care
    Wendy x

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  12. I'm so very sorry to hear about your Mam. I think she would love to know that you are planning to finish some of her WIPs and it's a lovely way for you to stay feeling close to her. Take care of yourself. Simmi xx

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  13. I am so very sorry about your Mam - it is hard no matter when it happens, but even more so near to Mother's Day. Her work is lovely and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  14. i'm sure your mam would have been so pleased to know you were finishing her things.

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  15. Thank you so much for the lovely comments about my mam. It really does mean a lot to me xxxxxx

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  16. Your mam was obviously a very caring and thoughtful lady spending her time making these fabulous things. I'm sure she'd be very proud of the job you're doing in finishing them off.

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  17. Bless you for sharing this - its incredibly hard to lose your Mother but you are doing such an amazing thing by taking on the work she started, she'd definitely be very proud of you xx thinking of you and your family x

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