My mother is an inspiring person – just ask anyone who knows her. She is also one of the most creative people I know. She was keen on graphic design when she was in high school but she won a scholarship from a local college in her hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas, to get her teaching degree so she became a teacher. I don’t want to give you the impression that she wasn’t passionate about teaching because she has an immense amount of patience and is great at teaching others.
But her true calling (outside of motherhood, of course) came a bit late in life. When my father got a new job in Portland, Oregon, my folks moved from their adopted home of Texas to the Pacific Northwest. My mother had always been a proficient seamstress and crafter and so when she took her first quilting class (maybe in her 50s?) she took to it like a bug to a lightbulb. Today she runs an online quilt pattern and supply store with my dad — she’s chief creative officer, number one fabric purchaser and the heart and soul of Storyquilts.
I have many future posts to tell you more about all the wonderful and creative things my mother did with and for her four daughters over the years — in fact, she’s already started brainstorming about a new project for Tilly’s Cottage (a quilted chair — more to come). Happy Birthday, Mom!