Archive for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

September 13, 2011

I often have calls asking if I have or know where one can find sewing scraps for quilt pieces. I have found that as I cut away those scraps and drop them in a container, it’s not long before I have enough to pass on. Of course, I always recommend garage sales; one can find scraps or good garments to cut up and use for quilt pieces.

It certainly is not the big project that it once was, making those back-to-school clothes. Garage sales have helped so very much there: all of that fabric in those skirts, dress tails, even shirttails, for quilt pieces.

Oh, and another item, buttons: They are so few on a card or even sold separately, very costly now. Yes, garage sales are a good place to find buttons. Clip them off then pass on the fabric or use it.

This hint from a new seamstress, (it’s an old hint) we oldsters know, comes to mind now. That phrase “Ever old, ever new.” It’s life’s “little jewels,” however, such as this that we must pass on.

So to all of you who have not heard this, who need to have matching thread to replace that hem you just had to change: Nothing will match it better than that crinkly tangling thread you just removed. You know, loosen that end and pull. It all comes out at once. Be sure to save it, take care as you remove it, dampen and re-roll it tightly around a cardboard tube or something (toilet tissue core) and let it dry. It will be nice and straight, easy to use and the perfect color.

Short summer, but that terrific heat is gone.

Stay tuned in to those kids and that after-school chatter.

God Bless.

— Aunt Norie, P O Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086; auntnorie@att.net

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