My mom's house isn't quite as colorful as mine and try as I might, she doesn't seem to want to brighten it up too much. I'm sure she thinks mine to be quite loud and garish but we like it anyway. Last summer Mom got some new porch furniture and the cushions are a pretty red, yellow and green stripe - quite loud for Mom. She probably thought the fabric was safe since it was going to be on the porch.
I gave her one of my pillow kits last year and she loved making it. My sister Lynn wants to steal it but I think Mom needs it for her porch. Mom's stitching is beautiful - smaller and neater than mine ever is.
I stitched her another pillow to coordinate with hers for the porch. It's a pattern from Colorful Stitchery but originally I stitched the vase in blue. She wanted red to match her new porch furniture. I finished it at her house last week and wanted to sew the backing on before leaving for fear she would never do it. I suggested a bright fun print for the backing and she swiftly said - "Oh no - I could never do that."
Julia, Mom and I went to Purl Patchwork and Purl Soho last week when we went to NYC. I have heard so much about the two stores - yarn and fabric - via all of your blogs. I wasn't disappointed. Lovely fabrics and yarns and wonderful displays. Helpful sales people who put up with questions. Mom decided that a print backing would ultimately be okay. She surpised me by picking a wild Pucci style print which reminded her of her sheath dresses from the 60's (in the photo below) . Maybe I am getting to her after all. There's hope for that green wall yet.