My dad’s sister, Aunt Gail, lives about 1-1/2 hours from us. She’s a scrap quilter. She totally loves scraps. For years she’s been asking me what I do with my scraps. I think I saved a few of them and gave them to mom to give to her. Mostly I just don’t have a lot of scraps because I work off yardage. I cut the strips I need and leave the rest of the fabric for the next project.
I have to share a funny story about this aunt. The church where my grandparents, and all my aunts and uncles always attended is a little country church. Each year in August, they have “Homecoming” and everyone goes back, everyone brings food — really good country cooked type food. They have a group that comes in and sings and it’s an all day affair.
Chad was probably about 10 or 11 the last time we went. Chad and I had spent the night in mom and dad’s camper at their farm and I was already tired. Think about that . . Chad was not happy about being there that long and having to sit still and all the preaching and singing but he pretty much enjoyed the eating.
Aunt Gail wasn’t about to go to Homecoming and I talked her into it. She wasn’t happy but she agreed to go. She and her sister and other family members were sitting on the pew behind us. The preaching was going on and on and on and I was threatening Chad that if he didn’t behave, I was going to bring him back the next year! Aunt Gail tapped me on the shoulder and dropped a note in my lap. Chad grabbed it and read it and it said “If I ever get out of here, I’m going to kick your butt for making me come!” That was it. Chad lost it. I thought he was going to laugh out loud and I wanted to trade places and let Aunt Gail sit by him so no one would know the out of control kid was mine.
Chad obviously doesn’t remember how hard it was for him because he and Nicole had planned to go back this year. He told her how good the food was and he told me he really wanted some of that fried chicken!
So . . my aunt came to see us today. About six months ago we went to see her and I took her a bunch of scraps. I had told her I had more but just hadn’t had time to get to Llano to give them to her. She called this week and said “I need my scraps! I’m coming to see you on Friday.” I smoked a chicken, made potato salad, baked beans, okra & tomatoes and a cake. Vince took the day off so we all had lunch together and my aunt got her scraps.
I thought she wasn’t even going to get off the floor and eat lunch but she did. Did I tell you that she loves scraps? 🙂
There was something in it for me too. She brought me 4-1/2 dozen pullet eggs.
She has 23 young chickens and I think she said she has 5 roosters. We have 25 chickens and will probably end up with 5 roosters . . isn’t it funny that we have almost identical numbers in our flock? I love pullet eggs and depending on how long it takes for my chickens to start laying, these eggs could last me til I’m getting eggs from my own girls.
Dora, the quilter says
Ooooooh, she is going to have soooooo much fun working with all those tone-on-tone scraps you created. She’ll be able to get them to work in sooo many projects!
(I love the story about the note!)
what a nice story Judy..I can tell she loved those scraps…what great memories you have…that note was hilarious!
I rejoice for your aunt. Scraps make me feel just the same way. I love to sort them, admire them, plan using them…you get the idea.
I still have never had a really fresh egg in my life, but I am hunting down some sources to get them here soon! I’m glad your aunt had a fun day picking through your scraps.
Your aunt and I would have fun together. I love scraps too and we probably wouldn’t get off the floor. 🙂
Deb in Japan says
Got any pictures of her quilts? I love scrap quilts
glen in louisiana says
Looks like she is having a good ole time!
The best part about other people’s scraps is that the fabric is usually different from what you ordinarily buy. I love mixing newly acquired scraps in with my own to make a quilt! I’ll bet your Aunt Gail does, too!
Doris - The Quilting Queen says
Too bad I wasn’t home, I bet I could have given her some “candy”. She would have been in heaven. And I belly laughed out loud at the note story. That was priceless! Thanks!
Kathy C says
Even though I get my eggs from a nice man down the road, I have to ask…what is a pullet egg?
Denise ~ justquiltin says
Looks like she’s sitting in the middle of a rainbow with all those colors spread around her.
lol send me her addy and i’ll be very glad to contribute lots of scraps!
Diann Smith says
I spent a lot of time looking at the scrap picture too. I love scraps more than yardage! But not on the floor! I wouldn’t be able to get back up. I used to pin quilts there. SO LONG AGO. Now I have pinning tables. Good of you to share w/ her.
Brenda B. says
Your aunt doesn’t happen to live by Plano – or maybe any of your readers. We need to find a place for Anthony to live by August before he starts school. Hope all is going well, looks like you are having a great time in Texas – so happy for you!!
how do you keep your eggs fresh? do you have room in your fridge for all of them? i keep mine in a second fridge in the garage, but i’m on a tear to get a bigger one. in the summer i use up all the space for fresh fruit and veggies (yes, and soda and beer). also lettuce abounds!!!