I loved my Home Economic's teacher. Her name was Mrs. New. I even called her "Mom" on many occasions, a Freudian slip of the tongue. She was my "mom" at school. Soon I was getting out of study hall to get extra sewing time in her class. She talked of love and home values and was the comfort zone that I needed at school. Her favorite saying was, "This above all to thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, though then can'st be false to any man" (Wm Shakespeare). She was sewing my character as I sewed the seams of my red pillow ticking dress. Though to be sure, I did a lot of seam ripping in those days to correct the errors of my ways...and I am still doing lots of "virtual seam ripping" to correct my character flaws today!
But back to the subject of pincushions.... I have been gifted eight pincushions in my life, including my first tomato pincushion. I didn't value the first one, as it was replaced with personal ones made specially for me. I am a soft touch for hand made gifts that required patience and love to create.
|This is the precious pincushion that Bertha made for me.|
|The portrait that Bertha drew of me along with her special note.|
|Above, living quarters for a migrant family. Below, Bertha.|
|Bertha, and her siblings.|
|A very special personal pincushion from Suzanne Clark.|
|Just a tiny gift from a friend. Stuffed with pine needles and smells of pine.|
|This beauty was made for me by Pam and Dennis Conrad.|
|Twin appliqued basket pincushions by Pam Conrad for my mom and me.|
|Gift for myself from a quilt show. The bag for threads is invaluable!|
|A very special crazy quilt hat-pin pincushion made by me. I couldn't sell it.|
Each pincushion I make is made with the love that was sewn into those that were made for me. It is funny how our lives are shaped and it isn't until we look back and see the patterns that we come to understand just how transforming and important these little personal gifts of love are to us.
Pincushions now represent to me the love of home, family and friends. Stitched with love, they represent the way our friendships are made....with bits of time carefully sewn to create a bond of friendship that gives and receives, helping us to grow into the people we are to become, with character, and love that overflows to pass on to others.
To win my special wool tomato pincushion, simply leave a comment, Monday, December 2nd, through Wednesday, December 4th. A drawing will be held and the winner announced on Thursday. If you don't win this pincushion, please know that there are many for sale in my Etsy Shop. If you prefer something other than a pincushion, you will find many other sweet gifts to share with your friends and family!
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