A Stitch in Time: 99 Word Flash Fiction

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 veteranโ€™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…


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to A Stitch in Time: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I do counted stitch work. But not embroidery. I also have use scrap yarn to make crocheted scarves – but nothing with complicated stitches. I enjoy seeing the old samplers in antique stores… and when I was reading some of the Little House books – they were always doing some kind of stitch work, making their own clothing on long cold winter nights ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Nice to offer those quilts to the community. (I’m sure some very real groups do just what you have written.) I keep thinking I’m going to do something with my scrap material… but haven’t yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • While I have done counted cross stitch, I don’t particularly care for it. It stresses me out too much. I think embroidery was something all young girls were taught to do at one time (as described in the Wilder novels). As well as quilting and other arts like that. I sure hope that there are quilters who do exactly what I have written about, but who knows.
      Thanks for the postcard. It is so colorful, and you are such a dear friend. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        I create my own patterns. So I’m not as stressed with the out come. I’ve even altered store patterns that I didn’t like. Yep… rebel. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. That is the way to do it. I never thought about it. You are a rebel. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. calmkate says:

    Great write ๐Ÿ™‚
    shared time is always more fun
    when it’s benefiting someone!


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