Sunday, March 07, 2010

Fearless Females - March 6 & March 7

Prompts from Lisa Alzo at the Accidental Genealogist: for Fearless Females

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)
I decided to combine these two prompts since my subjects are for grandmother and mother.  I have only this one precious heirloom of my maternal grandmother but I cherish it.  It is a "crazy quilt" pillow top which never made it to the pillow.  I framed it, mounted under glass, and have it hanging in my home. My grandmother used numerous types of embroidery stitches and applique styles in this piece.  I recognize many of them but don't know all their names.  Those I recognize are the chain stitch, running stitch and blanket stitch. The detail in this small piece is just amazing. I wish I could have know her and learned this art from her.  I have always thought I inherited my love of sewing from this woman.  If you click on the image below you will be able to see the stitching in more detail.

March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

This is not  a recipe but it is a food tradition.  My mother would always make a round, two layer cake for my birthday.  And she always put toothpicks in the cake to prevent the layers from sliding, but for me as a child, the highlight of eating the cake was getting a lucky toothpick.  As I continued this tradition with my children I always felt a little closer to my mother.  

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