Silent Sunday January 13, 2019 Related 6 responses to “Silent Sunday” The tools of the trade, at least for starters. Just uncovered some old wooden spools of thread. Not sure the thread will be any good but they sure are cool looking. Also found a little sewing machine that my parents bought for me , l think in the early 60’s. Funny thing is, it still works! Some experienced quilters told me to cut a 12 inch piece of thread from my mom’s old stash of spools. Wrap the ends of thread around forefingers or whichever fingers. Pull as if a tug of war game.. If the thread breaks, then might not be wise to use in a quilt you hope will be around for years and years. Lori, I love those old type of jointed yard sticks… I gave those to our grandsons when they were about 5-6 years old, along with magnifying glass or binoculars and measuring tapes. Enjoyed going on “explorations’ with them using their new tools. Yes, this photograph brought back fun memories! And what a large nice piece of corrugated paper you displayed ! Brings back fond memories of my Mother’s sewing machine area. Ahhhhhh… vestiges of a simpler time when we weren’t all running here, there and everywhere! Note… i didn’t say an easier time – as it was a time when sewing was a survival skill needed to clothe the family and quilts were lovingly made of worn out items given a second life to keep the family warm. I am 62 and did not live that time but know others who did and i have learned so much about life from what they have shared with me. Their memories were told to me as uncomplaining stories about a life i knew nothing of, but have now come to enormously respect! Those stories inspired me to gather a small collection of floral feedsacks from the 1930’s in hopes of making a quilt to honor that generation in some way. My goal is to leave a quilt and some of the stories i was told so sincerely and lovingly as remembrances to each of my two daughter-in-laws when someday my quilting days are done (but hopefully not too soon!). Such memories! I have an old packet of needles (somewhere!) just like the one at the top left of your photo. And I haven’t seen a jointed yardstick in years!!!! Wonderful photo Comments are closed.