I treated myself to a bit of diversion the past few days, making a skirt for under the Christmas tree. It seemed a natural for someone who makes quilted things. The best thing was using materials I have hoarded or inherited. A length of pre-printed cloth came from a “help yourself” opportunity at a gathering of quilters. The backing was a recycled piece of fabric, vintage 1970’s, that had already served as a tablecloth. The filling was an inherited worn-out wool blanket. I used seam binding from my mother-in-law’s sewing box and buttons from her, my mother, and my grandmother. The threads were small spools of unknown provenance. I feel justified that I kept the materials over many years but also relieved that their use moves me toward a less cluttered life.