In early days, it was standard practice for farm wives to guard dearly any piece of fabric in their possession. During this time, cloth other than homespun was expensive and not readily available. It was a long day’s journey to go to town in a wagon. Fabric scraps have always been regarded as being valuable. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many people made a living as professional rag pickers. They collected material from refuse piles and landfills and sold it to processors who converted it into something more useful.
Instead of being cool, according to today’s environmental standards, this was recycling brought about by economic necessity. Like the gleaners from the past who would recover wasted grain from the harvested fields, the rag pickers continue to serve an equally important role to this very day.
I am pleased to announce that this past weekend, Lori finished the long-delayed quilting project. Despite minimal sewing experience and lack of knowledge of quilting, she, along with Helen’s patient guidance, crafted a beautifully designed and loving tribute to her mother and gift to her brother, Doug. Like the sign says that hangs in Helen’s sewing room, “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.”
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.