At about the same time I read Claire's post, a young quilter taught an introductory quilting class to a group other young women at our church. I was in another area of the large room working on something else when I overheard her telling the women that there were a few supplies that were essential for them to buy before they could make quilts. Her list included a sewing machine, a rotary cutter, an acrylic ruler, and a cutting mat.
I chuckled as I thought about tools that have become essential which in times past would have been luxuries or completely unknown items. How times change. My mind wandered back to pre-sewing machine days. Oh my, what did the ladies do? Of course they stitched by hand with a needle and thread. But how did they get their quilts square? And how long did it take to make a block, let alone make a whole quilt?
And then I thought of this couplet . . .
There, there, Little Luxury, don't you cry.
You'll be a necessity by and by.
. . . and realized how much in my life has moved from luxury to essential. I remember going to a quilting class at church 25 years ago where the teacher showed how she cut with her rotary cutter and mat. I wasn't quilting much at the time but what a handy tool! I was on it the next day, off to the store to see if I could find (and afford) to buy one.
Isn't it amazing how, over time, luxuries become necessities? What would we do without our sewing machines (and the electricity to run them), our cutting mats, acrylic rulers, and rotary cutters? For that matter, how could I live without my cell phone these days?
How about you? Do you own essentials that were once luxuries?