I remember being really nervous about my hand stitching skills, but Josephine was patient and didn't mention my #9 Fence Post Needle and the less than perfect stitches I made on her quilt. I also remember my feeling of deja vu and Jo calling me Janie. So today, when she commented on how much my hand quilting had improved and how she had enjoyed our time together, I asked her about calling me Janie. I was blown away with what she said....
When you started stitching on Emily's Yellow Rose block, I told you her story and how I learned to sew and quilt from her. I kept thinking you would ask if she also did the 'Mockingbird' block, but when you didn't, I just let the story of how it came to be in this quilt pass.
I'm glad you asked about my calling you Janie. The moment you sat down here at this quilting frame, I had the strongest feeling of deja vu and that I knew you...and not just casually, but in my soul. From somewhere deep inside a voice spoke for me when I said, "I'm glad you're here, Janie". It surprised me, and when you didn't react or correct me, I just let it go.
As I listened to Jo's story, the strangest feeling of what I can only describe as an 'epiphany' came over me. It was not the first time I had heard that I favored a woman named Martha Jane. In reply to her question I asked,
"Josephine, what was your great grandmother Josephine's last name?"
The 'epiphany' exploded, "No wonder we feel so connected".
"I am Janie's great granddaughter!!!"
Josephine to Sue
Okay, so what does that make us?
Sue to Josephine
2nd Cousins 1x Removed
Josephine to Alma
Meet our Cousin Sue!!!
See Ya Monday for The Letter Y