Archive for Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

September 13, 2006

The art of quilting has been around for centuries. We think of it almost totally for quilts (bed-covers).

Although we have quilted linings, sleeping bags and numerous other things, I remember well one time when my home extension group did a project for a special Kansas Day. We got very involved in making early-history costumes, more specifically, the layers of fabrics and the quilting of those beautiful fabrics.

Did you know that ladies had to have heavy quilted garments just to hold their jewels up. The bodices of their garments, even though they were made of the softest silks, were lined with heavier quilted layers just to support their jewels (and no air conditioning in those days, oh dear!).

This from one of our readers: Oh how well I remember those flour sack dish towels and how important I felt when I could pull the threads along those edges to make them perfectly straight for my mom to make those dish towels.

Pulling threads to square up fabric is important. In today's fast-paced everything, factories roll those bolts of fabric with great speed onto those cardboard flats. The grain line, so important in the finished garment and in the hang of the garment, all hinge on those threads and how they wind up in our finished work.

Most clerks will allow you extra fabric so you can straighten your fabric before you cut. Always remember if you can tear your fabric, rather than cut it, that torn edge will be straight.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@bdc.net.

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