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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: A Stitch In Time
By Marjorie Sims
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"A stitch in time saves nine," says my mother. She often said this as she was teaching me sewing basics-hand sewing seams, sewing on buttons, hemming pants and skirts, sewing patches on pants and darning socks.
My mother had an old treadle sewing machine that came out once in a while for bigger sewing jobs, but she seemed most comfortable with a needle and thread in her hands. Perhaps because father's sister was an excellent seamstress and who wants to be compared with an expert?
My mother also made patchwork quilts with still-good pieces of fabric from old clothes that were worn out. These quilts were more often tied at the corners of the six inch squares than quilted by machine. They were very colorful because you always had to work with the small pieces of fabric available.
Quilts these days are made from new fabrics. A friend's sister said recently she thought it was really silly to go out and buy new fabric, take it home, cut it up and sew it back together again. She would never think of doing that. However, she decided to try a small table runner and has never stopped quilting projects since then. She got hooked!!!
I got hooked on quilting when I went to my first quilt show!!! It's hard not to be inspired there when you view all those lovely pieces of art.
My first quilting project was a wall hanging. A simple piece of fabric divided into four quadrants with a heart in each one. I was told every quilt has a story and needs a name, so I called this simple beauty "Four Hearts For The Lord." It symbolized my four sons and the hopes of my heart for each of them.
Since my humble beginnings, I've learned to use a sewing machine a little. I've made a couple of queen sized quilts, a baby quilt, some wall hangings and a couple of table runners. But my favorite by far is the hand sewn and tied patchwork quilt on my spare bed, made from my husband and my old clothes. It's called the "M&M 70's Quilt."
Like my mother, I still prefer sewing with a needle and thread. Right at this time, I need to heed her words "a stitch in time saves nine" and get busy sewing up some seams on my "70's" quilt that are beginning to come apart with use.
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