My mother-in-law's birthday is this week, and as a way to say "I Love You", I wanted to journal ten things that I have learned from her in the last sixteen years. Libby welcomed me into her family and into her life from the beginning. I am so very thankful for that. We share a love of fabric, a love of quilts, and a big love for my little family.
Things I Learned From My Mother-in-Law
1. Handmade is always best. Be it a quilt, a Christmas stocking, or a batch of cookies.
2. What it means to "fussy cut". Definitely a benefit of making your own quilt. Or pillow cover. I do so love fussy cuts.
3. Quilt battings are not created equal. Depending on the fiber content, the batting may shrink, it might make a nice "heavy" winter quilt or a "light" summer quilt. Choose wisely.
4. How to build, keep, and use a fabric stash. Always shop the sale fabric bolts. Stock up at the end of the season. Buy at least a half a yard. If you really love it, buy a yard or two. "Shop" your own fabric stash and fabric scraps when planning a new quilt.
5. Keep fabric scraps. You just never know when you might need one.
6. Keep your children's favorite books and toys. One day your children will want to remember what they played with. So will your grandchildren, because it's kind of fun to imagine your parent as a little kid. Good memories.
7. It's okay to stray from the pattern. Use your own color scheme. Add personal details. Use the elements you like and subtract elements you don't like. It's called "creativity".
8. How to make a pot of chili.
9. And the perfect sweet Southern cornbread to go with it. It's so good, it's like having dessert with dinner. (Recipe here.)
10. Country Girls have more fun. They know how to bake from scratch. They love animals. They don't mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails (and they have the gardens to prove it). They say "y'all" (well, at least they do in Texas). They own cowboy boots. They work hard, and they play hard.
Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Libby! I hope you enjoy your day and find some time to be spoiled! Wishing you your best year yet! We love you!
"Whoever said 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend,' never owned a horse."