Wednesday, February 24, 2010

44 is FABULOUS!



Today I'm 44. Don't get me wrong, the forties are fabulous but I look at that number and think, "Holy Smokes! How did I get to be that number?" By living my life, I guess.
Last year I posted a list of what I had learned in 43 years. This year I'm posting this picture of a quilt made by my great-grandmother. I come from women who sewed on both sides of my family and this is a picture of my roots. Grandma made string quilts from the scraps of all the things she made (curtains, tablecloths, aprons, shirts, dresses, pillows, you name it she sewed it.) My Mother calls the quilts the memories of her childhood. So thank you Grandma for the memories. What memories do you have sewn in patchwork? Happy memory-making!

18 comments:

Diva Quilts said...

Well happy birthday! I'm a little older than you, but I love, love, LOVE my 40's. The year I was 44 I met the love of my life - perhaps something equally wonderful will happen for you. Just you wait! :)

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Hippo birdie two ewe! Do I need to explain that like I had to my hubby?
Happy birthday dahrlin! I'll be joining you in "the forties" momentarily...
Jesus Mary Joseph!!!!

:-) oh well, time flies when your having fun....
.... Your great grandmother made that top? Or your grandmother?? Very cool! See, that proves what I said about "modern". It's all been done before! :-) and quite fabulously Might add!!
hugs to you

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday dear Shelly,
Happy Birthday to you!!

44 is a very good year, I will be leaving that year behind me in just a couple of months! But it was a good one. I am sure your will be fabulous too.

Lesly said...

Happy birthday! I'm on my way into the next bracket, myself, but have also really enjoyed my '40s. Love your great-grandmother's string quilt. I have a string quilt made by my great aunt. Here's the post where I blogged about it: http://pickledish.blogspot.com/2009/10/aunt-tildy.html Isn't it great to have and do something that connects us to those who have gone?

Alexis said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it is a good one! You make me look forward to my forties, not that I'm in any rush.... Love your GG's string quilt- that's what I'm working on today too!

Béa said...

JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE Shelly !

angela said...

Happy Birthday!

And that quilt if just fabulous - thought you did it!

Kath said...

What a lovely quilt and how exciting to have somehting made by your Granma. I have an old crocheted throw, must be 35 years old.Have a lovely birthday!

shellypmq said...

Happy Birthday, Shelly! I vaguely remember 44 . . . Make it a great day!

Doris said...

Happy Birthday Shelly! You're still a young gal! I turned 40 in July and honestly? I've never felt better about myself!

Trudi said...

Happy Birthday, you're gonna love 44! I've got several more weeks of it, hope its a fabulous day for you and brings you a fantastic year!

amandajean said...

what a great quilt! happy belated birthday to you!!! my son turned seven yesterday. (which in turn made me feel like 44~birthdays are a lot of work!) hope your day was splendid and quilt filled. :)

Janet said...

I too thank my grandmothers for the gift of sewing and their inspirations. Happy Birthday, youngster. Enjoy each wonderful day creating and bringing joy to others.

beth said...

happy birthday! What a fun quilt! the 40's are the BEST! enjoy them!

Vivian said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I'll leave it to you to break in the 40's for me ok? Have a fantastic year that you'll always remember.

Rene' said...

Happy Belated Birthday Shelly! The forties are fabulous! Hope you celebrated in a special way. I love that string quilt. You are so lucky to have such an heirloom. I'm the first in my family to quilt. Hope one day my great grandchildren are as appreciative as you!

Pokey said...

Birthday Blessings, Shelly! It is good to be happy at every age of our life, right? Your heritage of sewing is a blessing, too. My Momma sewed constantly, and the sewing machine had its place in the living room or den where everyone else was! I live by that too. May your sewing love grow.

Marit said...

A very late happy birthday hug from me!
Love that string quilt, what a perfect way to gather childhood memories.
I think 44 will be great, it's just around the corner for me....
; )