This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) flash fiction on the theme of many hands and to go where the prompt leads. This is my take on the prompt, but all of the stories can be found at http://www.carrotranch.com
A Stitch in Time
Julia, Mary, Elizabeth, Susannah, and a few others from the group were discussing the books they were reading. There was also a bit of gossip going on across the table. The air was filled with their chatter, and laughter broke out here and there.
Still, that did not deter Julia and her friends from their mission. With so many hands to stitch the pieces of fabric together, they were making another quilt for the veteran’s home. What once was their monthly quilting bee for themselves had become a way to give back to those who had served their country.
Nancy Brady, 2019
Quilting (quilting bees) has always fascinated me. I made a very small quilt during a library program as well as stitched a quilt piece for a Girl Scouts badge on needlework. I have to say that it was one of the badges I was most proud to wear.
Not only did I learn a bit about quilting, but I also learned to needlepoint, thanks to our troop leader, Mrs. MacPherson. My knowledge of embroidery stitches expanded, too. I don’t know if little girls still learn to embroider, but it was one activity I enjoyed during my youth.
I don’t do as much needlework as I used to, but sometimes I still get out the embroidery hoop for a project. And, of course, I still have to complete a needlepoint canvas of a swan that I started way-back-when. Someday…