An ode to my mentor and an invite for you to be involved in The Fashion Business Mentor Magazine Issue 5
My biggest fear was that she wouldn't get to meet my new baby Jude before she passed. I was lucky to heal pretty quickly from my C-section and when Jude was 3 1/2 weeks old I boarded a plane with him and my daughter to the Bay Area to say good bye to my grandmother. My family was not sure if she would be able to hold on until I got there but she did and even managed to whisper the word "sweet" when she met Jude. I stayed with her the last few days of her life, sitting and crying and telling her how much she meant to me. I could not have asked for a more proper goodbye.
Towards the end of her life as my grandmother got too weak to talk she still sent texts. God bless her for embracing technology. This was the last text she sent to me.
"You are a beautiful thread in the fabric of my life."
I could not ask for more beautiful words from someone I loved so very much. They not only describe how she felt about me but how I felt about her and how I feel about YOU. Yes you. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a community of designers like you. I enjoy our interactions, supporting each other, watching your businesses grow, answering your questions and seeing your creativity. You add such beauty to my life on emotional and visual levels.
I would like to invite you to help me honor my grandmother in TFBM Magazine Issue 5 the Fall issue. I would like to make a quilt using squares sent by you. It will be a visual representation of "a beautiful thread in the fabric of my life". I will take the quilt squares you all send me and make one large quilt. The quilt will be used in an editorial in the Fall issue and all involved will get credit. You do not have to be a clothing designer to participate. You can be a photographer, patternmaker, accessory designer, or just a follower and supporter of the tfbm blog and tfbm magazine.
If you would like to be involved here is what you need to do.
Make one 12"x12" quilt square. It could be a beautiful patterned fabric, textured fabric, or one you embellish. Just something that represents you. It should be made using woven fabric only (no stretch please). Then mail it to me by August 1. I will then take all the squares you send to make one quilt.
If you want to participate please send me an email and I will give you the address to send it to. firstname.lastname@example.org