Sunday, March 13, 2011

GreenStitch Episode 28 - A stitch in time

"A stitch in time saves nine," or so goes the old adage about mending. It's a humble art, but apparently a disappearing one. Let's change that. Listen to the episode here.

Here are a couple of YouTube links to show you some simple repair techniques:

Here's my handy-dandy mending kit. No rocket science here - just an old peanut butter jar with a pincushion glued up top. But it's amazing how having everything all in one place makes a difference between "I'll mend a few things tonight" and "I'll get around to it someday."

The key, for me, is having just enough in there - not too much. I try not to let this become just another junk drawer.
Finally, here's the finished chorale quilt. I don't think the photo shows it that well, but the antique lace embellishments scattered throughout add a lot to the visual depth of the quilt.

I also think this is the first quilt I've ever made without a border. I've been seeing lots of borderless quilts lately, and they seem to have a more contemporary feel, so I thought I'd see how it worked. I liked it.


  1. That old white camp shirt hanging in the window with it's new set of buttons all applied and just that onnnnneeee hook and eye that needs to be sewn on is givin' me the eye now.

    'Remember whatAnne said. YOu could get that hook and eye on us in a jiffy and wear us to class or chorus this very week!'

    Thanks for entertaining me as I took an after supper stroll round the neighborhood.

  2. I love the mending kit! It's a very good idea, though sometimes I think it's not so much a supply issue for me, but how boring mending is compared to sewing new stuff. :) But I may just whip one of these up.

    Thanks, also, for visiting my blog a few weeks ago. I'll have to keep an eye on yours, as sewing is one of my favorite hobbies!

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