My mother had a nice pair of Gingher scissors that were to be used ONLY on fabric. She did a lot of garment construction – clothes for her kids - but later she became a quilter. As children we were roundly and soundly clobbered if we took the “good” scissors and used them to cut up paper or magazines or newspapers.
Fast forward to about six months ago when I saw a much smaller pair of Ginghers that called my name. I could not resist the siren song of having a really, really good pair of scissors so I took the plunge. They came in a lovely little box which I kept open on my cutting table so I could admire them then and relish the pride of ownership. It was enough for me to just have them. I was content to keep them, save them for something “good.”
Fast forward again to about two weeks ago when I crashed and burned on a baby quilt for my niece. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that when things go south you need to just. walk. away. and come back later when the fog clears. I decided to take a bag of leftover quilt scraps and try my hand a paper piecing hexagons. (Note: do not start paper piecing hexagons – EXTREMELY addictive.) I went to grab a scissors to trim up the hexies when, for some unexplainable reason, I busted out the Ginghers.
You know where this is going. I could not believe the difference. Like a hot knife through cold butter, this thing sliced and clipped like a laser. I was thrilled with the results, the ease of cutting, the razor crisp edges. Like dawn breaking over Marblehead (local joke) I realized it was STEWPID to keep things “for good.” What if I get hit buy a bus tomorrow? What was I waiting for? WHY DO WOMEN DO THIS? Because honestly I know I am not the only one. Every woman on the planet has something put away “for good” and most of those things will never see use or the light of day. Why do we do this? So we have something to look forward to? Is the “looking forward to” part better than the actual joy of using it or wearing it or whatever the hell it is we’re trying to capture? I don’t know, but I don’t think so. I’m not getting any younger and I’m tired of waiting. Not only am I going to use these Ginghers, but I’m gonna bust out some cash and pick up one of the new Gingher Seam Rippers. You heard me. Retractable blade, beeuches. Who says quilters are old ladies with afghans in their laps? I’m armed and dangerous. I run with scissors. ( Really, really GOOD ones. )