Flashback Friday: Jenny from Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts

Here’s today’s Flashback Friday
Today we get to welcome Jenny from Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts for Flashback Friday!  Jenny’s blog is a perfect mix of sewing, photography (I could pick her brain for hours on that one), and life as a mother.  I only wish I had gotten to know her blog sooner, I’ve been spending WAY too much time reading back through her old posts!  On that note, Jenny has a great flashback to share with us today, so let’s sit back and reminisce with her…

Well hello!!  Thank you so much for having me today, Abby!  I will sheepishly admit right off the bat that I had never heard of this blog until Abby got in touch with me.  “Are you serious???”, you may be wondering?  Unfortunately yes, but I have remedied the problem and immediately became a happy follower of Sew Much Ado.  

Flashback Friday… what a fun idea!  I have had a hard time deciding what to share with you today.  I finally decided to share something that my husband’s grandmother made for our daughter when she was born.  Grandma Willis is an avid quilter.  She has been quilting her whole life.  At 83 years old she is still going strong, quilting for her family and the families in their community in Oklahoma and teaching quilting to at risk children.  Hundreds of quilts have been made by her hands.  When she asked me what kind of quilt I wanted for my first daughter Abby and handed me a few quilting books for ideas, I chose one with appliqued flower pots.  I later found out that she had never tried applique before!  I have to say that she did a bang up job and I love it… so does Abby.


I love the little clock in the center of this flower!

Last week Abby spent the week in Oklahoma with her grandparents and was able to spend a lot of time with her Great Grandma Willis.  Abby asked her when she would teach her to quilt, which really meant “Will you teach me to quilt right now?”.  Great Grandma did not disappoint.  She and Abby made a quilt for Abby’s oldest friend, Bear.  Bear has been with her since she was born… he is her companion.

This is bear when he was new, fluffy, and white.

Notice that BEAUUUUUTIFUL Singer machine!

This is Bear today with the quilt that was made by loving hands, just for him.

I love that Tom’s grandma took the time to share her love of quilting with Abby.  I myself have never made one, but I think this has inspired me to do so.  I know Abby will always cherish this quilt and the memories that she and her Great Grandma made together.  And I will as well.

Thanks so much for letting me share this with you today!  I hope you’ll come by the Southern Institute and say “Hello”, I’d love to meet you!

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  1. I wish I could quilt, maybe someday. My son got that same bear when he was born and he still has it. It has changed names over the years and made many trips through the washing machine!

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    from you! By the way, how could we keep in touch?

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