Tuesday Tales: Calico Connections #4

It’s Tuesday Tales time! This week we’re writing to the prompt – shoe.

Calico Connections continues this week. Nellie Morris struggles to keep her children fed and her family clothed in the rough post-Depression years. Husband Charles has his own trials keeping the family farm out of foreclosure. And the children, they just want to fit in and be kids.

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A family is a patchwork of love.

~Author Unknown


quilt top 2After supper and clean up, Doris began her pleas to pull out the scrap bag.

I relented. “Go get the bag from beside my rocker and bring it to the kitchen, I’ll go get another lamp so we can see closer. Bring my sewing basket too.”

I dumped the contents on the kitchen table, mounds of printed calico and flannel cascaded over the surface in a kaleidoscope of colors. I began sorting the pieces into different piles. A shoe? It looked like Rex’s tattered baby shoe. ‘How did that get in the scrap bag?’ I muttered.

“I remember that one,” Doris said, pointing to a small piece covered with tiny blue and white daisies. “You made me a dress from that.”

“Uh-huh,” I murmured; “And before that it was one of my dresses. I cut it down one year to make you a new dress for school.”

The memories of the past ran though my mind with each scrap we looked at. Doris’ first dress, a shirt for Rex, pieces left over from baby blankets, even a small scrap left over from my wedding dress. A scrap bag contains a lifetime of memories, fragments of a life, bundled together in an old pillowcase.



  1. That is just so sweet. I remember my mother making quilts from scraps.

  2. I love the picture and emotions this scene evokes 🙂

  3. Agree …. lovely scene …. well done.

  4. What a lovely scene!

  5. I love the way you wove in the family memories along with the fabric scraps. Beautifully done.

    • Thanks Jean! I read the TT stories and take notes. I’ve learned already in just the few weeks I’ve been part of the group. This is a great group of strong writers.

  6. Such a sweet moment. I love that all the scraps bring back memories. Wonderfully written.

    • Thanks Sarah I’ve always loved the hidden stories behind the scrap quilts.

  7. Tricia

    Very beautiful scene! I can feel with the character – that’s how I feel when I go through my scrap bag.

    • Thanks Tricia. Scrap bags reconnect us with many past memories, don’t they?

  8. Amazing writing really enjoying it

    • Thanks Kathleen. And thanks for getting me in touch with this awesome group!

  9. The piece reminds of a children’s story that I read to my son. The patchwork coat. Great writing!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I think I remember The Patchwork Coat. I’ll have to re-read it, thanks for reminding me about it.

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