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Today would have been my mom’s 100th birthday.  I am grateful to her for many many things but her love of sewing and needlework, which she passed on to me, is one of the things I treasure most.  When I saw this cross stitch pattern I knew it fit her perfectly and so in her honor, and to celebrate this landmark birthday, I made this sampler and it hangs in my sewing room.  In case you can’t read the verse from the picture, it reads as follows:

I pray someday at heaven’s gate I may in glory stand,

A crown perhaps upon my head, but a needle in my hand.

I never learned to sing or play so let no harp be mine;

From childhood to my dying day, fine sewing’s been my line.

Therefore accustomed all my life to making useful stitches

I’ll be content if asked to mend the little angels’ britches.


I can imagine her doing just that and I bet she’s smiling!  Happy birthday, Mom.  I love and miss you!



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Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on May 16, 2015 at 10:04am

What a lovely tribute to your mom.  

Comment by Roxann on May 16, 2015 at 6:34am

Love this! No doubt she is smiling down on you as well. Beautiful tribute, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on May 15, 2015 at 8:21pm

A lovely tribute, and a beautiful stitchery. And a very pretty lady.

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 15, 2015 at 6:29pm

Beautiful lady and such a fitting verse to remember her by.  My Mum would have been 101 on April 29th.  She died just before her 93rd birthday.  Mum was also a seamstress and made our clothes on a singer treadle machine.  

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on May 15, 2015 at 5:37pm

So fitting!  My mom was a dressmaker, so I learned a lot from her too about sewing.  She made all our school uniforms and even the formal gowns for school events.

Comment by Donna Sykes on May 15, 2015 at 3:16pm

How nice. Your mom is smiling for sure!

Comment by Marilyn L. on May 15, 2015 at 2:43pm

What a lovely and fitting tribute to your dear mother.  You have blessed us by sharing the sweet poem! And you did a beautiful job on the cross stitch!

Comment by Jodi Cramer on May 15, 2015 at 12:00pm

What  a wonderful verse. True for me too except I also played my fiddle. I sure miss that. But I have my stitching and that is a good thing. I'm blessed.

Comment by Janet/MO on May 15, 2015 at 10:54am

What a sweet tribute to your mother.

Comment by Mary S. on May 15, 2015 at 9:24am
This is wonderful!

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