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Recently my eldest Son, Jarred, celebrated his 22nd birthday.   He and my Daughter, Chantelle, are sharing a flat (apartment) together in the big smoke - Melbourne (the capital city of Victoria in Australia).  They had recently bought some new furniture for the loungeroom but didn't have any soft furnishings.  So .... what do I do????? Sew of course and soooo it seemed logical to fix that little detail for him.  So quilted birthday cushions were born!

The story behind the fabrics

About 2 years ago Jarred broke my heart (only because what Mother wants to be separated by thousands of miles of ocean from their Child) by moving to New York, New York to attend ballet school.  Now don't get me wrong - I was thrilled for him - I mean what an opportunity right? A little boy from country Australia attending ballet school in New York City? Only in his wildest dreams - now coming true - and on scholarship no less!!  But... he was gone for over a year and Skype hugs just don't feel like the real thing!  Anyway, He is home now and living only an hour or so away.  So, of course, the black New York Cushion is in remembrance and celebration of his dreams and time in New York and to remind him everytime he looks at it how proud his Mum is of him.  Phew - getting soppy just putting this down on virtual paper!

Jarred and Chantelle (18) are very close - as well as being brother and sister they are also very good friends.  They love to hang out together and have talked of travelling together.  Not to be outdone in the travel stakes (and giving her Mother's heart a little scare - legimately right - cause wouldn't you worry about your 17yr old Daughter travelling Asia  without a friend??? please tell me I am not just a worry wart???), Chantelle spent a month last year travelling in Vietnam and volunteering an impoverished family to help build their house in a little village.  Now they both talk about going to Paris together to see this most beautiful and wondrous city.  So, this cushion is meant to be a visual and constant reminder to keep that dream alive.

As a Family we are extremely close -  therefore,  the reason for this fabric - fairly self evident I think.  We may not share the same roof any longer but the heartstrings are still firmly attached.  If Mum can't be there for the flesh and blood hug - just grab this pillow, I'll know when you do, and you will feel my squeezy, squeezy  hug!

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....


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Comment by Patricia on August 8, 2012 at 6:42pm

thank you

Comment by Dendy L. Seaton on August 5, 2012 at 7:28pm

What a creative and loving way to give of yourself.

Comment by Karen Pior on August 2, 2012 at 7:47pm

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments.  Now I feel like a SuperMum  who has SuperKids and now needs to have a SuperCry because you have all made me so glad I shared my story.  Cheers, Karen.

Comment by glenda m on August 2, 2012 at 6:59pm

thank you for sharing this beautiful story

Comment by Wandie Garren Williams on August 2, 2012 at 5:28pm

kids do have a way of growing up on you, they make your heart break and swell with pride at the same time, love the pillows and the fabric

Comment by Jennifer Etheridge-Robertson on August 2, 2012 at 3:49pm

What a great idea. Well made and such a sweet story. Family is everything and they should be cherished every moment they are with us. A very touching daily reminder.

Comment by Sandy Cravens on August 2, 2012 at 9:18am

Love the cushions but the story why is even better.  Those kids will be the end of us, huh  sort of wish we could keep them home with us but not how we raised them!  Great job on both counts.

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Comment by Brenda J. Moore on August 2, 2012 at 8:41am

Life is for the adventures .... both your kids are really living. I'm sooo jealous. I got a career, married had kids and divorced; their sounding much more cool.  (except for my kids part)... the rest I've done without!

Your cushions are just super - like you must be. Being a Mum is a very hard job.

Comment by Julie Barkley on August 2, 2012 at 8:16am

Love these, you're an  awesome mom!

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