The Magic Quilt

Nancy makes quite a few really beautiful quilts but a while back she did a piece with magical properties. It’s a table cloth that decorates our eating area. What’s magical about it is that it makes things disappear. The pattern and color combinations swallow up anything you put on it. It really eats up glasses and keys and wallets. I set those items down on the table and then can never find them again. Especially the glasses. I will tear up the house looking for where I put them and invariably they turn up on that table topper. It’s the first place I look but even then, you can’t just casually look, you have to run your hands over it and stoop down to scan at just the right angle. Magic. I know it’s crazy but I’m starting to think the things do disappear and then reappear. Yeah, cabin fever.

And on quilts, Nancy is on a mission of mercy trying to repair a seriously damaged quilt sent to her by our great nephew, Andrew. One of his other aunts made the quilt for him years ago and it’s a cherished possession but it’s not held up well. Personally, I’d retire it or use it to cover plants during a freeze, but Nancy is fairly sure she can return it to service – it looks way too hammered to me. It’s all hand work with lots and lots of small pieces so it’s not a project that’s going to happen overnight. Andrew is not known for his patience so I intervened before the project started to let him know that this was no simple undertaking and that he should just keep quiet and let it flow – don’t bug your Aunt Nancy. He promised to be patient so I’ll have to trust that it will all end well.

I guess this would count as a quilt story – Nancy belongs to this quilt group which meets weekly. I’ve never been to a meeting but guess that they sit around and sew while chewing the fat on a wide range of subjects. She came home with a beauty this week. If you grow lettuce or spinach you know that it has to be washed really good to get rid of all the sand and soil that accumulate on the leaves as it grows. After washing, you dry it out using a spinner or some other method but you can’t use it sopping wet. One of her quilt companions told her that the best way to dry lettuce is to put it in the clothes dryer. You put the wet lettuce in a pillow case, tie the top, and then put it in the dryer. Sounded bizarre to me but then I can’t imagine hanging the leaves on the clothes line either. A little bit after she came home I heard the dryer going and then a loud yelp about 15 minutes later. Turns out the knot in the pillow case had come out so the dryer was spinning lettuce leaves outside the bag. I’ll have to admit the leaves were dry and the salad tasted good so no harm but I won’t be surprised to find little chunks of lettuce leaf in my undies.

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