I really enjoy watching people do what they love doing, and it makes for an even more enjoyable experience when that someone is lucky enough to be truly talented at their passion.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I asked my Mom if I could snap a few photos of her enjoying her passion, her hobby, what she is just the god damn best at and I have to say it was a really fantastic experience.
My Mom has been quilting since I was a teenager, she’s made quilts you tie, rag quilts, quilts for your wall, quilts to use as duvets, quilts for her granddaughter to lay on, play on; she’s quilted tablecloths, table runners, place mats, it’s just damn impressive. I’m lucky enough to have six of her quilts, a table runner, placemats and my husband has a “race quilt” she made for him from all the shirts he received for competing in the races (I get frowned at if I try to use it). The first time she gave me a quilt I was terrified to use it because I thought I would ruin it and so it sat on a shelf, only to be looked at. I don’t make that mistake any more, at our house we use all the quilts, they’re beautiful to look at, but they are beautiful when enjoyed too.
I was given the opportunity to spend time asking her questions as I snapped the photos and I loved hearing her talk about her creations and learning that she does her sewing on this beast of a sewing machine from the seventies. I watched her sew in silence today too, noticing the arthritis setting into her hands, watching her fight against her worsening tremor and developed an even more profound respect for this woman. Today she was sewing pieces of a quilt for her granddaughter’s babies. Tessa is four and my Mom will most likely not have the opportunity to meet those little babies, but while she still has the hand dexterity, strength and stillness she’s creating memories for Tessa that will last forever…
Love you Mom, damn you’re talented!
Shot on my 6D with my EF 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM Lens set to AV, Aperture f14, ISO 200 with manual focusing
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” unknown