Apron Parade

When I accepted the invitation to travel to North Carolina and share my apron journey with the Triad Quilt Guild, I worried just a tad that given the date was Labor Day, attendance would be sparse. Well, fiddle dee dee! to that notion, was President Laura Skinner’s response to my concern, and was she ever right! Seems the Guild’s monthly meeting is high priority to the membership, even when it falls on a holiday. So it was no surprise to Laura nor anyone else

when over 100 members arrived, most donned in an apron. The most fun aspect of my traveling about is the aprons I see and the stories I hear – always something new.

At the Triad’s meeting, I was also treated to an apron parade. Once everyone in their aprons got up and marched to the front of the room, Laura read the well-oft quoted poem, Grandma’s Apron. Of the many versions I’ve read and heard, this one has the sweetest last stanza. I took a video of the reading and have posted it here. I hope you enjoy it.

Tie One On…an apron, of course


  1. Wow, what a great turn out & poem too!
    You look like you had a wonderful time….
    Welcome back home and are you ready for your next one? you are such a busy apron wearing lady!

  2. Katmom, hey! So many aprons, so many apron stories – oh, for the time to share them all. Well, one of the aprons that I was shown by a Triad Guild member is also an apron that you will especially enjoy. I’m saving it for a holiday time blog, so patience sweet kittie!

  3. Hi EllynAnne,
    I was at that guild meeting and it was great fun. The aprons were fun to see but your storytelling was so fun to listen to. Thanks for coming to North Carolina.

  4. Carrie, North Carolina has the best barbecue, college basketball, springtime blooms, fall foilage, and quilt guild! Looking forward to a return visit with y’all. xx

  5. How gorgeous the two of you look! What a fun adventure—you must be meeting some amazing folks! I bet you’ll be full of inspiration at the end of your travels.


  6. There’s something about an apron, heels, and a string of pearls that prompts a pose. The apron I’m wearing has rhinestones imbeded on the pocket and the skirt, so I felt kitchy koo and shiny bright, too.

  7. Hi. I found your blog & just wanted you to know that the poem read on the video is a plagiarized version of my own poem. Here is the original Grandma’s Apron poem. Thanks so much!

  8. Tina, thank you so much for visiting my website and sharing that the poem read at the Triad Quilt Guild was a plagiarized version of your prose, Grandma’s Apron. I found your assertion so interesting, because I have a file thick with versions of that poem. Declaring ownership of Grandma’s Apron puts you in good company with a lot of people!

    Your use of the word plagiarized and claim of ownership of Grandma’s Apron is the topic of my next blog. Thank you so much for the inspiration!


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