Stitching Memories Together

I love memories of the sound of Mom’s sewing machine, starting and stopping, her hands flattening the fabric on each side of the needle as she guided it under the light on her machine, her foot pressing the foot peddle below. I still remember the smell of new fabric and the delicate, crinkly feel of patterns too.

She made all of my clothes, from my childhood days to my days of wearing short skirts in the 70’s. There were, of course, a few heart-to-hearts about those hems!

Recently, I spotted a familiar old box, covered in dust, in a dark corner of the attic…filled with tiny Barbie clothes and old Barbies. From the remnants of my clothes, Mom had made these little clothes. Can you imagine how hard that must have been? So many memories come flooding back when I watch my granddaughter push stiff, straight arms through miniature armholes, and her little fingers work to squeeze buttons through tiny buttonholes.

It was four years ago today that Mom passed away…one of my hardest days ever. Actually, I had “lost” her years before…little by little, as Alzheimer’s slowly stole her away from me. Still, I loved seeing her everyday and talking to her about memories past…like the days when she created beautiful clothes from a few yards of fabric, zippers, thread and buttons… including short skirts and Barbie clothes…none of which she remembered. I miss her, and after four years, there are still times when uninvited tears fill my eyes.

I am so thankful for the promise that gives me the assurance of seeing her again! To anybody who comes to Christ for forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life, He will give it for free.

When you can, listen to this song…it’s beautiful: https://youtu.be/U6I6orjM3NI

Thank you for spending time here, Tracie

Wherever you are, please be safe, take good care of yourself and do all you can to stay protected from the coronavirus. Many of you are not able to see your loved ones in nursing homes…I know that’s so hard for all concerned! So much is happening in our world today! I’ve listened to several good speakers over the past couple of weeks, and Tony Evans is one of the very best. You will find several by searching on YouTube “Tony Evans Coronavirus”. I’m attaching just one short one…hope you have time to listen. https://youtu.be/yLZesa46Sao

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

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4 Replies to “Stitching Memories Together”

  1. Beautiful memories taking me back to my granny making our dolls dresses from feed sack and mother making most of our clothes like you through high school. Prom dresses, twirling uniforms daily wear. Miss my mom as well…not ALZ but pulmonary fibrosis/embolism February 14 2017. Praying you and the family are staying safe during this difficult times.

    1. Tina, we miss our Moms forever, don’t we? If I still had my sewing machine, I think I would get it out 🙂 Y’all stay safe and healthy!

  2. Mamas are so special… we have been so very blessed. I just love reading your posts.. I can hear the sewing machine as you describe it. You have a real gift, sweet Tracie.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Tracy. I know you have some sewing machine memories too 🙂 I have a green and white gingham apron that Grandma Wrinkles made…I love it. I think most of her things were made by hand though.

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