You may remember that I decided to go ahead and start the June block instead of moving on to the March block next because I wanted my dad to be able to see it finished? The June block is actually called "Happy Birthday" and I made a some changes to it. I wanted this block to represent both my dad and his mother - they both have June birthdays only two days apart. I decided to put each of their names on the block, over one, instead of initials as charted. I also changed the color on the names so that they were a bit easier to read. And then instead of splitting up the year on either side of the house, I stitched the year each of them was born over one as well.
So, on the left side of the block - it says Margaret and the year 1915. This is my dad's mother.
She died long before I was born. In fact, I think my mother only met her once before she died of cancer in 1965. The photo above is from 1937. She must have been an amazing woman, and to hear my dad talk about her, she was. He sent me an email once with the subject line "My mom is braver than your mom" and the photo below attached.
The right side of the block has my dad's name, John, and the year he was born - 1944. As soon as I saw this block I knew I wanted to change the wording inside the cartouche from "Happy Birthday Dear Friend" to something more meaningful.
And speaking of the lazy daisies, on the morning of the day he died, I noticed my mom's neighbor's trees were all in bloom so I took my mom out to show them to her.