13 September 2010

Stitch in time

I spent some time sewing over the weekend. Relatively simple task using fabric, scissors, pins, needle and thread. But it is overwhelmingly time consuming since I don’t have a sewing machine. I started Saturday and was still at it Sunday morning.

One of the things about starting a sewing project is that it interrupts the activities and chores that I normally attend to on the weekends. Like laundry and cooking. And well, of course, sleeping late and working on my suntan. It requires me to reallocate my time.

Cristy walked in the back door around 11:30 giving Betsy Ross (aka, me) a quick acknowledgement, with a smile.

As I finished stitching the seam, I began wondering about the level of effort Betsy Ross invested in making that legendary flag, my personal favorite of all the American flag designs. Now that would have been a time consuming task.

She must have had some serious extra time on her hands. Or insomnia.


  1. Oh, Diane....you are too funny!

    And I LOVE this post, dear lady!

    Being someone who llives in Philadelphia, I've been to the Betsy Ross House so many times, however I'm ashamed to say, I have to idea how long it took her to make the flag? I do know that her house was very tiny and the room she supposedly sewed the flag in, had very little light.

    Yeah, I like this flag design too.


  2. I've visited Philadelphia once. About 10 years ago maybe? When the Cezanne exhibit was at the museum? I remember taking a walk and strolling past the Betsy Ross house. Tiny indeed. Back in those days the visitors could still touch the Liberty Bell. Some nincompoop put a stop to that with his ridiculous antics a few years later. But touching that bell was something I'll never forget. Awesome. Philadelphia is a city thick with magnificent history.

  3. Never mind that most women didn't have much else to do back in Betsy's day. Flags were much more important back then. They 'defined' a group of people with a cause. Much more so than they do today. Hence, to her, it was pretty important work.