Archive for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 20, 2012

Long before I ever met her, when this beautiful, young, handicapped woman was just a child, someone had very patiently taught her to thread a needle and make very tiny stitches.

Bette loved to sew. Her work was flawless. Her favorite project was doll quilts for little girls. Her little quilts were so different, so unique, totally her own idea.

Her quilts were reversible because, you see, she cut five-inch squares of cloth, sewed them together forming a pocket, stuffed that pocket with nylon hose pieces she had, as she said, "chopped up," then closed the open end.

The hard part, but so easy for Bette, was sewing those pockets together. That's where her tiny stitches, so perfect you couldn't even see them, held those puffy little squares so perfectly together.

When she finished a block, it was just amazing — the beauty of her work, her selection of colors, of fabrics. She had so many friends who saved and collected the hose for her.

Bette was, I always thought, one of God's many "angels among us." Her patience was outstanding. The actual glow on her face as a child played with one of her quilts and their doll, what a beautiful world hers was.

Perhaps, if you have time on your hands and need something to fill in some of that time, find a child to help, to guide. Volunteers at school are always needed.        

Bye now, and God bless.

Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, KS  66086; auntnorie@att.net

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