Last week, there was a large shift in my family. My husband’s maternal grandmother, Barbara Nieters Buchen, passed away. She was the last of her generation on both sides of our family.
Babsie, as she was affectionately known, was 94. I had the honor of knowing her for 16 years and the pleasure of calling her grandma for almost 15 years. I know she loved me, and she frequently told me that she was proud of me, including the last time we got to visit with her in June. As the last of my own grandparents passed away when I was a teenager, Babsie and her husband John (who preceded her in death 4 years ago) gave me the beautiful ability to have a relationship with grandparents as an adult.
I was pulled to my sewing machine last week after I learned that Babsie had died. You know how much I love transparency designs, and I have had this idea in mind for a while, but I wasn’t sure how well I could pull off curved piecing and piecing orange peels. I had a stack of 10-inch squares of American Made Brand solids, a set of Jen Carlton-Bailly’s 4 1/2-inch quarter circle templates, and I just committed to giving my idea a try.
I have so many thoughts when I look at this pieced mini quilt. I see son, mother, and grandmother. I feel sadness and hope. I see love and transition.
I am planning on hand quilting this mini quilt, but other than that I don’t have a plan on how it will progress at the moment.