Our Mother, Hazel Margaret Johnson, was a registered nurse. A profession that she was extremely proud of and one she was a very good at. As a child, I loved to watch her prepare for work, putting on her white dress, white nylons and starched nurse cap. It was a site to behold – she looked so professional and I was so proud!
One of the things I inherited from her was a monogrammed pair of her bandage scissors, which I was very pleased to own.
A couple weeks ago, our niece and Goddaughter, Morgan, finished her nursing school. There was a traditional pinning ceremony scheduled in Fargo, ND to recognize Morgan and her fellow nursing graduates. We would have loved to attend, but due to weather and road conditions, we were unable to do so. Instead, I decided to gift Morgan my mother’s scissors. It seemed like the appropriate time to pass them on and I’m pretty sure my Mom would be pleased with this decision. I also felt that Morgan would recognize and appreciate this gift as she has many fond memories of Grandma Johnson.
In order to present the gift appropriately, I felt I needed to make a case for the scissors and also wanted to make an apron, now that she should have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen.
We recently received a beautiful nursing print at the Quilt Crossing and I felt it would be the perfect fabric for her gifts.
I also found a “love and hugs” fabric for the trim of her apron. The designs are batiked, so a little off grain, but it worked well to trim the nursing fabric and had the right sentiment.
I purchased an “in-the-hoop” scissors case embroidery design online. This design was for a 4″ scissors, so I stretched the length of the design 3″ in my embroidery software to make it longer to accommodate the bandage scissors. I hooped the stabilizer, then floated the front of the scissors case on top of the stabilizer. Next I carefully positioned the lining fabric in place.
I embroidered Morgan’s name to the flap of the scissors case and found the perfect button for the loop closure in my collection of antique buttons. The case was finished!
Now it was time to make the apron, using my Anna’s Apron pattern. I loved how the trim finished the edges of the apron and made it “pop”! Soon the apron was complete!
Last, but not least I wrote Morgan a letter telling her about my mother’s bandage scissors and congratulating her on her accomplishments.
The items were packaged up for shipment at UPS and they were on their way, with a guarantee that they would arrive in time for her pinning ceremony.
A few days later, I received word the package arrived safely. There was a wonderful celebration for Morgan and I felt like we were a part of it, although remotely. The next day, Morgan called to thank me for the gifts – she was delighted and touched! A couple days after that, my brother sent me this picture of beautiful Morgan in her apron.
We’re so very proud of Morgan and so pleased for her… and I think that her Grandma Hazel is also smiling and that too warms my heart.
Hope you had a wonderful New Years and “Happy 2017!”