Child’s Play • Frivols 5

I am continuing with my determined goal to make all my Frivols tins this year.

Because this one was quite small, finishing up at 29″ by 32″ (different than what was measured on the tin), I finished it early, so I get to put an X on the circle of Frivols.

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Child’s Play • Quilt #202 • Frivols Quilt #5

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As mentioned in the last post, the fabric is by French General, and while it looked really dark in the tin, with the black and white four-patches added, it is fairly lively.  It reminded me of an extended game of checkers, and since the quilt is small, like a doll’s quilt, I titled it Child’s Play.

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I quilted it with a stylized flower.

ChildsPlay_Frivols5_4Every doll’s quilt needs some dolls, and I just happened to have my mother’s play tea set from when she was a little girl.  She’s celebrating her ninth decade this month, and because she’s turning ninety, she’s always saying things to me like “You’re not old.”

She’s right.  I’m not yet up to her age, but I am one lucky girl to still have a mom here to talk to when I need a cheering up.

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Because I’ve been thinking about my mother today, the chair above is an antique from “the farmhouse,” a place where my grandmother (my mother’s mother) moved when she married grandpa, a widower with a passel of children, and adopted — and adapted herself to — a life as a farm wife.  And then she had three more children, my mother being one of them.

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Mom, at age 12, holding her birthday cake

A photo of my mother when she was in college. My daughter, who is named for my mother, is with her on the left.  And below is a photo of my mother’s Magnum Opus, a quilt with cross-stitched designs, all hand done while we lived in Peru for two years.

Mom and her quilt

Since it is also Mother’s Day here in the United States, I hope you treasured some memories of your mother, and if she is still here — I hope you called her or visited her.

It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that my mother (and father) gave me the greatest gift of all: a young life where I could pretend, and get dirty and dress up and have imaginary tea parties and fight with my younger brothers, and go to church, and roam the neighborhood, time to read books, and to hope to be like my older sisters.  While soon enough I would discover that there were real sticks and stones out there, she gave me a life sheltered from the world’s harsh realities.

She gave me Child’s Play, every day.

Happy Birthday, Mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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15 thoughts on “Child’s Play • Frivols 5

  1. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom! Wish mine was still here, but I think she always knew just how much I loved her. Sweet little quilt, too, btw!

  2. I seem to be missing my mum more each year. Maybe that’s a sign of old age?! Your Frivold quilt is very sweet. Happy Mother’s Day and May your mother celebrate in style!

  3. Happy Mother’s Day to,you and your Mom, and Happy Birthday to her as well. I owe you a long letter….soon! ❤️ Leslie

  4. I like this Frivols finish the best so far, I think. I’d love to see them all together when you are done or at least the images grouped together if you don’t plan to have all the quilts still. Happy Mother’s Day.

  5. This is a cute little Frivols too. Child’s Play is a perfect name for it and your staging of it is wonderful.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and all of the moms in your family.

  6. Love the checkerboard quilt. Really enjoyed reading this today. Your words cheered me on this wonderfully sad day. Thank you! 🙂

  7. I’m glad you’re sticking with your Frivols tins, and have completed another quilt. It’s pretty! Love seeing the pictures of your mother. She’s a real beauty. You are indeed fortunate to still have her with you at age 90. Mine lived to 72 and is missed all the time. What a treasure that your mother has been a blessing to you, just as mine was to me. I don’t begin to measure-up in comparison. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Elizabeth!

  8. What a lovely post. Happy Mother’s Day to you. You a blessed to have your mother to visit and talk to. And you trickle quilt is wonderful.

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