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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: Mother sewed, I donít, (much)
By Annette Agnello
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I liked to do crafts, knitting, crochet, or beadwork, among others. I did not like being trapped in one room with the sewing machine. I could take needle point with me anywhere. I actually did a cross stitch clock and several needlepoint music boxes. But sewing had little interest for me most of the time. Finally I came up with an idea for a quilt where all the squares were made with one pattern piece arranged in different positions to get totally different looking squares. After making 21 squares I couldnít look at another scrap of fabric. Once the pattern was drawn it was boring to cut out the little triangles and fit them into squares, and sewing was even worse.
Because I never expected to do anything else with the dream of making a quilt I gave away the squares I had made and the pattern, when I was moving. Edith made them into a small quilt and gave it back to me for a wedding present. I have done a lot of hand sewing since getting married; mainly hemming. I still prefer other crafts to just plain sewing. I will always be grateful what I did was completed, even if it was not by me. Now all these years later, I see my favorite shirt, the stuffed frog I made, and the skirt that was impossible to match with a blouse. Gingham I used to do chicken scratch embroidery on,as well as the dark blue dress I made and the hounds tooth skirt my mother made mixed in with the tiny print I got to covered the doll house furniture. I understand now why my quilt mother made for me when I was a child was loaded with memories for mother. It reminds me of times I sewed. I enjoy the things that were sewn just not the sewing.
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