Almost every week, MJ and I get together and sew.
Mostly we put together pieced comforters for
Medical Teams International.
we piece comforters for friends or family.
Once in a while we do mending.
There is something so deeply satisfying about doing a task with a
friend, and somehow, when we work together, we accomplish more than twice what
each of us could have done alone.
Our fondness for pieced comforters has led us to collect
Mine crowds into
cardboard boxes in the bottom of closets.
MJ has hers in a corner of her sewing room.
MJ is a tidier person than I am, and this
slumping pile of plastic bags full of fabrics has been a problem to her for
Last weekend, I got a great
deal on some wire shelving components, and today, we built cubes.
This is the storage system where you assemble
heavy duty wire grids into cubes with plastic connectors.
This system makes sturdy, practical storage,
but it’s a pain trying to get all the components to link firmly together in all
Once assembled, they
STAY assembled, but getting there is a struggle.
So we built a stack of 18 inch cubes, 5 cubes high, and two
And then we dumped her stash
onto the floor and sorted it.
like a couple of misers counting our money, reveling in the possession of so
This is where it’s funnest
to have a friend with you.
fabric is your favorite?”
“Look how well this goes with that.”
“Does this go on the yellow shelf, or the
There’s space for more fabric in all of the cubes, and it’s
so inspiring to see it all displayed together in one place.
There is the feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT you
get when you have successfully completed a task.
And there is the pleasure
of seeing something that was a mess get
organized and made lovely.
We had a GOOD
Meanwhile, our husbands were outside in the 90 degree heat,
splitting and stacking firewood.
were using a gas-powered splitter.
not like they were swinging a maul or an axe, but still, they were schlepping a
cord of wood around, one heavy piece at a time, and stacking it neatly into
So when they broke for lunch,
they were – well – semi-stunned.
enjoyed or iced tea and salads, and they chowed down on honking big sandwiches,
we started discussing candy.
out the MJ’s husband likes those yellow marshmallow chicken things so popular
“Next year” I suggested, “We can make them sing and dance so
Rick can see a Peeps show.”
The college age
sons groaned ao hard.
One of them told
me, “You can take your points and go home now.”
That must mean that I am the pun-disputed champion!
Kyle is beat to the ground.
I haven’t seen him this weary in a while.
I’m pouring GatorAde into him and advising
against a repeat performance on the 4th