Fons and Porter, The Early Years
I was looking for a pattern the other day and I found this in my magazine stacks:
That’s my mom, on the left there. And on the right, it’s Liz Porter. Above their heads, we see the magazine title, “Sew Many Quilts” — which, if you’ve been around for a minute, switched to “Love of Quilting” not terribly long after this magazine was on newsstands. Long story.
But just look at ‘em. Young. Full of ambition and ideas. Wearing denim shirts, the both of them, which is a funny story: for a minute on TV, Mom and Liz decided to wear matching denim shirts because they were so sick of having to buy a zillion outfits that worked on camera. I think that lasted one season. Then there was the season with the aprons. That didn’t last long, either.
Looking back to Mom and Liz’s early days is really heartening — and not just for me, I hope. We all start somewhere. We all start differently. Some of us have awesome upbringings and love our family; other people can’t wait to get out. Some people are good in school, some people…well, can’t wait to get out. Some folks have a head start, some don’t; some people take a head start and waste it, some people don’t; some people take a chance, some people take a bigger one, etc., etc.
I hope today you go for it. Maybe it’s patchwork. Maybe it’s something at work. Maybe it’s a friendship that needs a tweak or a relationship that needs a goose. (That’s supposed to be funny!) Whatever it is, just go for it. Mom and Liz sure did. They had families to feed and great ideas to share. They really did “sew many quilts” and they really did have a “love of quilting.”
And aren’t we all glad they did?