Mother never threw away any of our old clothing. The clothing was passed down from one to the other and when the youngest outgrew them they were passed on to Granny. Granny used the worn out clothing to make new quilts. Auntie Lusinda, Auntie Lucetta, & Auntie Lydia always helped. I would watch and learn.
At night Granny would go thru boxes filled with our old clothing and carefully chose which colors and patterns she would be sewing together. Then Granny would cut the old clothing into shapes. Squares, circles, rectangles & triangles. Granny always let me help. With a needle and thread Granny would begin sewing the shapes together. I'd ask "how do you know which shapes to sew together Granny" and Granny would reply "your Great Granny taught me". That was a good enough answer for me.
After several nights of sewing Granny would put away her needle and thread and go to the phone. Time to call the Aunties who had been spending their evenings much like Granny had. Sewing shapes of worn out clothing together. "can I check the phone Granny please please" I would say to her. "ok Darlin' go ahead and see if one of em are runnin' their mouths" Granny's reply. Most of the time one of the neighbors were already on the line talking. Four to a line. Different numbers, different rings but the same line.
I picked up the phone and it was silent. "Granny no ones on here hurry". I knew Granny would be busy for a while calling all the Aunties to set up the quilting party. I went into the TV room to watch Bonanza with Pop-Pop and Horseshit. Grand Pa Pa had become Pop-Pop right after Grand Ma Ma had become Granny. All thanks to Horseshit. He was the best dog ever. Even better than my Lollipop. Pop-Pop got such a laugh out of calling Horseshit. He'd be rocking in his chair and at the half hour when the commercial would come on he'd yell out "come ere Horseshit" and then he'd laugh and laugh till he'd choke from the smoke of his pipe. Bonanza ended and Granny was still on the phone. Pop-Pop and I knew it was time to go down to the basement and get the quilter. That was Pop-Pop's job. Getting the wooden quilter all set up. The Aunties would be there in the mornin' and the quilting party would begin. After a few days of partying several new quilts were made. Time to deliver them. All of us got a new quilt made from our old clothing that Mother never threw away.
Even Lollipop and Horseshit.
Grand Ma Ma Was Truly An ANGLE ON EARTH!