Anonymous on Dec 14, 2012
Beautiful quilt! Just as described and more! Love it! Thank you!
I see scraps
Girls, (pause) girls! (a little louder this time). Mom hollers at us as she whips up a batch of flour & water to make glue.
It is nearly Christmas time and she has been downstairs day after day, week after week, all year sewing her heart out to make sets of Barbie & Ken clothes, Raggedy Ann and Andy's and Quiet Books to sell in her little corner shop, our living room, for extra money and our Christmas presents. I love this time of year!
We all head downstairs to her sewing room. We have spent the summer outside playing while mom worked. Now, it's indoors crafting with paper & "glue", watching KAKE Man & Santa on the little black & white TV, skating and playing with my sisters.
That was fun and all, but the best part of downstairs was her sewing room. Its like a little piece of the fabric store came home with us. There were shelves packed full of material. Different colors and textures -- polyesters, felt, swim suit material, cotton, denim and more polyester (yes it's the early 70's). Beautiful solids and prints. Yards and yards folded into triple and double-decker sandwiches packed onto shelves up to the ceiling! Spools of thread in all different colors, snaps, buttons, zippers, sharpies, yarn and ribbon. A collection of materials used to create! Patterns categorized and in line. The sewing table dad built her stretching the length of half the basement of our little brick home.
To me, the even better part of this beautiful mess was the scrap-covered floor. A variety of bits and pieces of a shattered mosaic laying amongst pattern papers, dropped straight pins and clipped thread ends waiting to be picked from the ruins and turned into … well, the possibilities were endless!
It's Sunday now and every Sunday we would go to Granny & Grandads to visit. Some trips, my sister and I would put on a play for Mom & Gran, pretending to be Ginger and Maryann off Gilligan's Island. Granny had certain items we are allowed to use from her closet for such an occasion. A pink silk robe & a soft fuzzy grey toned shawl come to mind. We use the heavy floral drapes that covered the sliding glass door as our curtain. What silly fun we had!
Some visits Gran would work with us on our stitching. We each had a piece of linen she kept in a drawer for us. We sketched our design in pencil and then up & down we'd go. My first lessons in quilting. I still have my linen. She taught me to knit too but I have forgotten now. On special occasions we got to spend the night there and I remember crawling into cold crisp cotton sheets and Granny covering it with beautiful quilt after quilt until it was just the right heaviness & I was warm under a layer of beautiful scraps.
Over the years I have tried a cornucopia of arts and crafts and yet scraps still catch my eye. It does not matter what form they come in. If I am able to take left-overs and create something new, then I am one happy lady!
My momma taught me to sew, and I still enjoy it although it's nothing fancy. No serger, just a plain sewing machine.
I tend to gravitate to layers -- loose, long, natural, comfortable " hippie" type clothing -- whatever a hippie is .. -- anything old, I LOVE! Vintage is the BOMB! It is my opinion that most vintage items equal quality.
Today, with mass-production haven taken over and products tossed out one after the other, everything looks the same. We have lost the individuality/quality of what we wear and use. Good luck to our younger generation getting anything mass-produced to last long enough to be called vintage.
My goal has always been to make quality items with the basic methods I was taught, that have been used for generations. My hope is to pass those methods on to my grandchildren, all the while using bits and pieces of the left overs that clutter our world.
I have many different feed bags on hand and I am always happy to entertain special order requests . If you have one, keep in mind that my bags are each one of a kind, no one made from a pattern and though I always try to make my customers happy ~ please recognize that the creative process doesn't always fit in a box!
** I have many different feed bags on hand and I am always happy to entertain special order requests . If you have one, keep in mind that my bags are each one of a kind, no one made from a pattern and though I always try to make my customers happy ~ please recognize that the creative process doesn't always fit in a box!
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