Yes, I have a needle in my hand. I also have two pairs of pants I bought for Marty that are too long and I have to hem them. Shudder. I cannot sew. I especially cannot make a hem that will stay up, for whatever reason. The stitches are too big or too loose or too tight or too crooked. They show on both sides of the thing I am hemming. They last about three months and down they come, no matter what I do.
NO - I don't want hints on how to make a good hem. I have always attributed this clumsiness to the fact that I am left-handed, but I suspect there are other left-handed people out there who can stitch a hem that will stay up forever. I am not one of them. Nor do I aspire to be one. I cannot sew a proper button, either. For 29 years my husband has been taking things to the tailor, but @ $9.99 a pair at K-Mart for these nylon, drawstring waist knock-arounds, I refuse. Have done one pair and can't face the other one tonight. On to stitching down the binding on Emma's quilt. As I sew, I realize that my bindings and facings are hems but they always last forever, unlike the garment hems. Mental block brought on by Miss Schwenk, my 7th grade sewing teacher. It is a wonder I love to cook, since she taught that, too. But I digress...
In truth, I did some other sewing tonight - quite unexpectedly. This coming Saturday I really want to go to the NY Metro Mod Quilters meeting in Manhattan. I find it refreshing to be with all these young(er) quilters who are not afraid to play and don't need to follow the quilt police rules. Many are self-taught and I see some future art quilters in the group. As I said on one of the lists, they have discovered quilts and are putting their own original twists into their work: bright colors, funky layouts - fun, fun, fun instead of worrying about perfect 1/4" seams. We meet at Victoria Findlay's loft and whoever turns up, turns up. I can't explain why I contribute blocks to the group quilts - but one month every block had to have cheddar in it. Emma's quilt started with the cheddar block i did not send. I missed a few meetings but this time, the theme was stripes. I got the e-mail reminder today and decided this was going to be my therapy sewing for the week. Two blocks: 10.5x10.5 and 5.5 x 10.5. They could be sewn stripes or
striped fabric. Of course, i sewed.
The second block started with leftovers from the first with a few other leftovers from around the room. Stripes made with stripes.