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A Stitch in Time

by | Nov 4, 2013 | , | Calming Crafts | 14 comments

As a little girl I loved to watch my mom work on her crafts. She always had some type of needle in her hand whether she was knitting, cross stitching, quilting, or sewing. Her passion shone through with every stitch. Everything she created turned out gorgeous. She was the master crafter!

Throughout the years Mom taught me how to knit, sew, and cross stitch.  Sometimes it took hours for me to catch on. I remember at one point I threw my piece across the room. I thought it was hopeless, but she picked it up and fixed my mess.

Isn’t that what Moms are for? Fixing our mistakes? 😀

Mom's work

Mom’s work

Whenever Mom visited us here in London, Jeff would find us downstairs crafting. She worked on her next cross stitch piece or knitting project and I painted. I loved those times together.

Even after Mom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, she still picked up her needle and created stitches. They weren’t as neat, but it didn’t matter because they were made with love.

Mom’s stitches throughout the years left a legacy. One filled with love. One her children and grandchildren can enjoy through every piece she made.

Her stitches will live on throughout time.

Do you have a special piece made by your mother or grandmother? Tell us about it.

P.S. Most of the pieces in this collage were stitched by my mom. I made the one with the sewing basket for her because I thought it was appropriate!

Proverbs 31:13 (KJV)

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Lifesong by Casting Crowns

Mom left us a lifesong by the way she lived. I miss you, Mama. xo



    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks Steph. It was fun to put the collage together of her work. 😀

  1. Heather

    Beautiful – Your mother stitched love in every piece for all to enjoy.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks Heather. My mom was very talented!!! I miss crafting with her.

  2. Pat Sanchez

    Hi Darlene, although my mother wasn’t a “crafter”, she was a “hands-on” mom. She was unique in that we could go to her with any question there was, rather easy or hard, and would know she would be truthful in her answer. She wouldn’t judge or tell us what to do, but let us know our choices were important and how they should reflect what we believe is right in God’s eyes. Although she didn’t knit, crochet or sew, she colored with us as kids, played games with us and took us places like the local “kiddy-land” and even rode the rides with us instead of sending us on them alone. As teens, we could even ask her the hard “sex” questions that every teen goes through and know that she would answer without judgement, but with honestly and truth. All my friends throughout childhood called her mom and always commented that they wished their mothers were like her. I had never known her to have an enemy in all her days here on earth, and I know that even though we miss her, the Angels are having quite a time with her in heaven. Thank you for the opportunity of talking about her. She was quite a person, and a wonderful mother. God bless you for all your posts. I love them and keep them. I’m praying for you and your family.
    Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet!!!
    May you want God to be the center of your life!! “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.
    Today I pray your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, and May nothing but happiness come through your door!! Amen

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi Pat! Thanks so much for telling us about your mother. Sounds like she was an awesome lady! I’m sure you miss her. Thanks for your encouraging words and prayers. I really appreciate it. God bless!

  3. Joan

    Darlene, this is a lovely post. And such fond memories of you and your mom working together. Those times are priceless. My mom passed away in 1988. Several years before that, she and I embroidered a state bird quilt. (I’ve never put it together, need to do so.) I also have a crocheted bedspread and table cloth that my grandmother did. Those items are treasures. The photos you shared here are beautiful.


    • Darlene L. Turner

      That’s awesome that you have some pieces by your mom and grandmother. Such a treasure. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. susan steeves

    Wow Sissy!!! I am speechless. This is a blog beautifully written in honour of our Mom and what she taught us and shared with all who knew her. Love you! AND you stitch like her!

    • Darlene L. Turner

      😀 Thanks Sue! I need to get back into cross stitching and finish some pieces!!!

  5. Diane Spearing

    Wow Dar… I have been reminded myself how very precious my Mother is. She used to make not only our clothes but matching clothes for our dolls. I am blessed to have her.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      My mom made most of our clothes too! What a blessing!

  6. kharismaceyworksnovels

    Hi Darlene, What a beautiful memorial to your mother. This is a beautiful site, Darlene. Kharis Macey

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks Kharis!! My mom was known for her crafts, homemade bread and hot cross buns! 😀


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