My most cherished handmade possessions have always been clothes that my mother sewed for me as a little girl. Although I no longer have them at hand, I remember them fondly, and love looking at childhood pictures of myself and my siblings wearing Mom's hard work. I remember her painstakingly bending on the floor upstairs, smoothing fabric, pinning the pattern pieces, cutting them all out, and finally sewing it all together. Usually in the summer. Usually on hot days. Everything she made was perfectly styled for each of us - favorite colors, items, patterns, etc. We got much harder to please as we became teenagers, so Mom stopped sewing clothing much for us. But she had taught us how to sew for ourselves by then, and had prepared us well to satisfy our own trendy whims.
There was also an old quilt that I used on my bed that was made by my grandmother (I'm pretty sure). It kept me so warm in winter! As squares wore out one by one, we would use scraps from the clothes my mother had sewn for us as replacement squares. So in one quilt, I had all this family history and love rolled up into one piece. I'll have to look for that quilt next time I'm at my mother's house and maybe start a new round of appreciation with my boys!
Thanks to the CreateCrochet Team for this question of the week, and the trip down memory lane!