May Belle by Jodi Nelson for Riley Blake Designs
"My paternal grandmother, May Belle Hemmers, was born on December 10, 2912, and lived most of her life in or near Pleasant Home, Oregon. Growing up, her familly not only owned a lumber mill, but they also farmed cabbage, potatoes, berries, and more. It is rumored that her grandfather and father donated lumber from their mill to help build the local Pleasant Home Methodist Church.
When I hear the word "homemaker", I think of Grandma. Grandma's home had an enclosed back porch that served as her laundry room and pantry. There were shelves lined with canned cherries, pears, applesauce, and other fruits and vegetables.
In 1991, my husband and I purchased Grandma's home. We spent 13 years raising our three boys there and cherish the memories. I spent many hours in the garden tending to Grandma's plants, flowers, shrubs, and fruit trees. When we moved 15 years ago, I brought many cuttings, starts, and bulbs from Grandma's, and I treasure all that continue to thrive in our gardens.
So it's only fitting that my first fabric line was inspired by and named after the grandmother who loved me unconditionally and, without even knowing it, set an example of a homemaker, which is my favorite job ever, and whose familly and roots inspired the name for my business." ~ Jodi Nelson