Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Impossible Possible with your help

Here is the deal. I am really sick. Like lose your breath standing up, coughing so much your throat feels like cut glass sick. But lying in bed, something came to me.

You see I am going to NY on Nov 21 for 4 days for a memorial service and to visit my grandmother (if she is still alive by then). (BTW - your prayers for Brian during that time are greatly appreciated as he will have the house and the four kids to himself.)

Anyways, my grandmother always LOVED sitting at her house watching the birds. I never understood why until we started hanging out a bird feeder. She was the best at attracting the most beautifully colored birds (she would tell me about them on the phone as we talked).

She has Alzheimer's now. She has regressed so far that she never really speaks English anymore, only Polish (she immigrated here LONG time ago). She is in a nursing home.

When I go up, my uncle (who is her main caretaker now) plans to take me to see her. I know she won't remember me. I am prepared for that. I got to see my great-grandfather in his last stages of Alzheimer's so I am prepared. But I would love to leave her with a lap blanket that has birds on it.

The only problem is finding the perfect fabric.

I am not wanting fake birds or cartoon birds. But am thinking something like Victorian with a cream or yellowed background with birds (maybe some blue and red and brown and white) on it. It doesn't really matter as long as it is something that will remind her of sitting at her window watching the birds.

So will you help me? Will you help me find the perfect fabric?

Just leave a comment (as many as you want) and share links of fabrics that you think will work. I am thinking of an all cotton as it will be softer and more natural on her. Then I will quilt it (just top stitching it to the cotton filing and a flannel background (cotton flannel for a backing would be nice, suggest those too).

Thank you for any help!! I am bummed I did not think of this sooner, but that is what being sick and stuck in bed will do for you. You have nothing to do but sit and think. LOL!!

Thank you, Paula

1 comment:

thehomespunheart said...

I saw lots of pretty ones here: http://www.thefabricfinder.com/BirdsInsectsAndBugs.htm

They are pricey, but they seemed like the look you were going for.

I hope you find just the right thing to bless your grandmother.

Love,
Monica