|Sign Designer Jane|
|Molly Holding Sister Kara|
|Mother and Grandmother|
PL: Who taught you how to sew?
|Molly and Mary Ice Skaters|
PL: What was the first apron you made?
ML: Last year I bought a pattern at a local quilt shop because I wanted to sew something from a pattern. I am a visual learner so following a pattern is challenging, which is why when I am learning something new, I either ask someone to show me or go on YouTube. Two of my dear friends were coming to stay for a girls' weekend, so I wanted to surprise them with an apron so they could have it in time for the holidays. I chose a reversible pattern and it took me all day that first time. Since then I have made over 30 aprons for family and friends giving them away as gifts this past year. The most fun was picking out fabric that suits their personality.
|Molly's Friend Susan|
ML: Well when I am making my friend an apron I choose a fabric that reminds me in some way of them and our friendship. It may be a color or a pattern. Then, during the entire time I am cutting it out, sewing it, and ironing it...I am thinking of that person and what they mean to me. It is like a prayer, in a way. I am grateful for that person and during the process I am sending good thoughts their way. It is a tangible offering to someone I love. But isn't that what we all do when we make something for someone? Knitting a beautiful sweater, crocheting booties, sewing a quilt. It is all the same, really...
|This may become napkins|
|Yoga Frog Table Runner|
PL: Where can your aprons be viewed in person?
ML: I have a resale space at Rockland Marketplace. Look for dealer 18- Hope Hill Creations.
PL: Do you sell remotely?
PL: If someone wants to order something from you, can they message you on your business Facebook page?
ML: Absolutely! I have already had 4 special orders for Christmas!
PL: How much do you charge for your aprons?
ML: Prices vary by type, age, and work involved. Anywhere from $8 for found aprons to $35 for mine.
|Molly's First Quilt|
PL: What else do you make and sell?
ML: I make table runners, quilts, napkins, and crocheted items.
|Mary Mulari's Church Lady Apron|
PL: What is your favorite apron?
ML: It seems like it is the one I am working on at the time. I adore Mary Mulari's "Church Lady Apron" pattern which can be purchased on her website or through
your local quilt shop such as Quilt Divas in Rockland. I LOVE it because it reminds me of the aprons I have seen in photos, AND she is from Aurora, Minnesota where I had relatives living. I love the connection!
|Vintage Apron Picture|
|Molly and Friends|
ML: I bought a vintage photo on Ebay taken 60 years ago. My friends and I, outside by the chicken coop, wearing the first three aprons I sewed from a pattern, mimicked their pose. Friendship is beautiful. You can see it in the photo. I just love the photo and how it works with the Ebay one and how we all, as women, have so much in common... For me the vintage apron is a symbol of hard work and sacrifice. I imagine the women who wore them, what their life might have been like. What did she have to give up for herself in order for her family to thrive? Where did she find her support? My guess is through her friends, talking over the fence, laughing and commiserating, forming lasting friendships.That is what I see. Tied up in all that apron fabric is friendship, love and sacrifice.