Thursday, September 5, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Quilters are all alike
• On Wednesday afternoons here at the paper, I get out the old bound copies of the paper and peruse them looking for interesting tidbits for “The Pages of The Past.”
It’s kinda weird because now, in the 25 Years Ago, I’m reading my columns again. I’m not that old, am I?
In an upcoming 25 Years Ago newspaper, I wrote about going to a Martha Pullen quilting seminar because of the lace and christening gowns, etc. And in that column, I mentioned that it was a quilting seminar and that I’d picked up some interesting tidbits, but I didn’t foresee me learning to quilt. I just wasn’t interested.
Boy, what a difference 25 years makes. I still love to sew, but quilting is an obsession! Who’d have “thunk it?” Not me, apparently.
• Neighbor Beverly Phillips brought her mom, Fadrie Miller, to the house Monday afternoon.
Miss Fadrie sews and quilts, I’m guessing, constantly. She has a very, very old-timey sewing machine and it quit on her last week.
Beverly, remembering that daughter Dana likes to fool with old machines called and Dana’s going to go look at Miss Fadrie’s machine,
In the meantime, though, Miss Fadrie has to have something to sew with! Beverly, her brother Benjamin and Miss Fadrie brought Beverly’s old sewing machine to the house to see about cleaning it and remembering how to make it work, so Miss Fadrie can sew on it.
The machine had been sitting up for several years, but amazingly enough, after I’d cleaned and oiled it, it worked just fine.
We had a few moments of worry when we couldn’t get the bobbin case back in. There’s always a trick and Beverly couldn’t remember. Between Dana and I, it finally popped back in and we were able to test drive the machine.
It sewed a really nice stitch and Miss Fadrie was pleased.
After we had her machine fixed, I dragged them back into my sewing room for a look around.
I didn’t apologize much for the mess in there. Miss Fadrie sews and quilts, so she totally understands.
There’s a significant age difference between Miss Fadrie and me, which ensures a significant cultural difference also. When she was learning to sew and quilt, machines, techniques and tools were much different.
My new sewing machine is a far cry from the “old-timey” machines.
And I think I’m proudest of my old Singer Featherweight that I dragged out to show off.
Quilters are all alike, no matter the age difference!
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