Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A special aunt

As we all (especially those in the craft community who've been making for it for ages) know, it's Mother's Day this coming Sunday 18th March in the UK.  I'm looking forward to celebrating with my daughter who is taking me ten pin bowling - here's hoping she lets me win!

My own mum died over twenty years ago but I still have someone special in my life and that's my lovely aunt Irene.  Here's a picture of her with my mum (the chubby baby) and their brother, my lovely Uncle Don.  Sadly, he's not around either and is very much missed too.

We don't see each other very much because she lives over 3000 miles away in the US having been a GI bride to George whom she met during World War II.  She's always said she was one of the lucky ones as this move did not work out for many girls who dated the American soldiers.  This is my favourite picture of the two of them which sits on my windowsill at home.

Although my aunt has, like me, done lots of knitting over the years, she now specialises in quilting and has a cupboard full of the most amazing works of art.  Here's two examples.  She still quilts every day, enters competitions and, as you can see, wins prizes.

As it happens it's her birthday on Monday so, although I don't have a mum to make for, I thought I'd make her a special card to celebrate.  Having had good feedback on the knitted butterfly which featured in my last blog I was keen to give another one a go so today out came the very thin needles and the very thin yarn (a silk and mohair mix) and this is the result (I've popped it into one of my custom made frames).

The fabric is part of a collection I bought from at a fabulous fabric sale held at Farnham Maltings in January.  They're all combinations of blues and golden yellow - very springlike I thought and especially now with the daffodils out and the glimpses (or more) of blue sky.  So I'm going to make some more of these and bring them as a collection to my first event of the year - Craft in Focus's Contemporary Craft and Design Fair to be held at RHS Garden Wisley from 3rd - 7th May.  Don't miss it!

If you too have a special aunt and would like one of these cards just email me on  Until next time, lots of love, Alison.

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