Charlotte is a graduate of ETSU with a BS and Med with majors in Home Economics and Science. She now works part time at In Stitches, following her passion for sewing and quilting.
My Mother Made Me Wear Dead Ducks
When I was 3 or 4, my grandmother became ill, and my mother and went to stay for a few weeks. The fabric used in the 40's was feed sacks. My grandfather was instructed to buy only sacks with a certain design. When my mother had enough sacks, she constructed a play outfit for me. I stood by the treadle machine and watch every stitch. I couldn't wait to get to wear my new outfit. I can still see the fabric, light blue background with big white ducks. When the shorts and top were finished and I looked at it, the back of the top had "dead ducks". Their beautiful feet were pointing to the sky. I cried and cried, but I wore the "dead ducks". I always told my mother she forced me to sew for my self at an early age. I also remember my grandmother's quilting framed with a quilt to be stitched. I loved the smell of the fabrics and the texture. I am the only one following in my grandmother's foot steps, with a love for sewing and quilting. I thank my mother for "dead ducks"!