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Banjo as Handwork

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I've been sewing pretty seriously since I was about 12.  I can make just about anything, an dhave--from baby clothes to luggage.  I taught quilting for a couple of years, but I really haven't done much with a needle and thread for the last 5 or 6 years.  The kiddo wanted a quilt for her dorm room, made of old t-shirts she got for events she participated in or places she visited over the years.  So I whipped up the top last week  (pic on my pics page) and got the borders and binding done this week.  (no pics because she's sleeping under it right now.)  If I have one real sewing talent, it's handwork.  Even though I prefer to work on the machine, I have to admit that my handwork is about close to textbook perfect.  I prefer to bind my quilts by hand;  I think they lay flatter, corner better and look more professional.  Now, sewing a binding on a quilt by hand is a long distance to cover one stitch at a time.  Let's do the arithmetic...about 320 or so inches.  But I found as I sat there with my hot-pink granny glasses and thimble that I was calm, and relaxed, in that zen-like zone you hit when you're doing something you are skilled at and enjoy.  I realized that I missed that creative process, and craftsmanship necessary to realize that process.  So, I've decided to do a little more of it this fall.  Christmas is coming, and I have some great ideas for gifts from my needle.

Maybe one day I will hit that zone with my banjo.  I think I get a hint of what it might feel like now and then.  I often dream about that feeling.  It's the journey's end, I think.  And in reality, I don't want the journey to end.  Banjo can carry you a very long way.

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Playing Since: 2006
Experience Level: Novice

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Occupation: researcher, writer, editor

Gender: Female
Age: 62

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1984 Deering Intermediate

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I'm a research specialist and mom enjoying life in the Poconos. I'm a new picker, having a grand time and making progress! I am forum coordinator of one of the most successful live online trivia forums on the Internet: visit us at www.eggheadtrivia.net! I have a research business--I do market and industry research for the architectural and engineering industry. I'm also a film and book reviewer--check out my lastest opinions at filmedge.net and postroadreview.com.

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