Archive for Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 15, 2003

Charlene Wagner said, "Oh, this poncho goes back a few years. There's a story behind it."

She then told us how a friend of hers had cut a pattern from her own poncho using brown paper sacks to make the pattern on.

"Then I made this. Oh, that was back in 1969," Wagner said. "It's perfect for these nippy fall mornings. It became a favorite of mine long ago."

Her elbow-length poncho is made of a green English wool plaid -- so very attractive. It buttons at the neck and also in the side seems under the arms.

Charlene used to sew a lot. And she once took a quilt-making class in which she pieced blocks for a quilt top. Then, she attached the blocks by hand to the top of a worn quilt, beginning in the center of the old quilt and going outward to cover it with the new blocks, and then finally she put a binding around the edge.

Many quilts were made that same way in our yesteryears by our very frugal grandmothers. There was no need to discard that precious batting. Quilts were really used and needed for warmth. As the fire died down, the house could become very cold before morning unless Dad got up and fed the fire during the night. Many quilts had several new layers or tops before they were finally used as bed pads, mattress pads and crib pads. Small pieces were made into pot holders. Nothing was wasted.

Charlene has made several jean quilts. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so happy to have met you.

Ask your child's teacher, especially those in first grade and kindergarten, just what you can save and collect for them to use in their craft work. You'll be surprised. Such things as those cardboard roll tubes from the toilet tissue to old broken or unstrung beads and maybe some nylon fish twine to restring them on.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086.

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