I love to sew. I don't get as much opportunity to do so as I would like to, but when I get the chance, it's very rewarding to create something unique and useful. Something that won't immediately get un-done by the children. I've been sewing for years now, but I still remember some of my bumbling early (and not so early!) mistakes. Maybelle of Maybelle in Stitches makes such an error in a high school home ec class and decides that she "can't" sew.
Fortunately, she has Doris. Every woman needs a Doris. Doris is Maybelle's best friend, and stands strong for Maybelle during some really hard times. Doris, and some of the ladies they work with at the shipyard, help Maybelle finish a quilt that Maybelle's mother started before she died.
One thing this book impressed upon me was how easy we have life today, compared to the women of World War 2. In this everything-at-your-fingertips era, how many of us would be able to bear not knowing what has happened to a missing loved one overseas? In a society where our pets eat better than many of the world's poor, how many of us would be able to endure ration coupons and the unavailability of many of the things we take for granted?
My grandmother worked at the telephone office during the war. Her co-workers gifted her and my grandfather gas ration coupons when they married, so they could take a honeymoon. She's gone now, but I think she would have liked this book.
Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.
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