A short story for my sister

Once upon time in an alternate universe not unlike our own lived a novice quilter who believed herself to be in possession of a magical seam ripper.

She was convinced that the seam ripper had the power to transport her back in time.

You see, every time she used the seam ripper she always ended up right back where she started with two pieces of fabric needing to be sewn back together again.

One day the novice quilter looked at the calendar and realized that she was seven days into the new year and she had failed to mail her December fat quarter and recipe to her beloved sister. (It was a thing that they did. No one knows how it started or why but that is another story for another day.)

Immediately she retreated to her studio and pulled out her magical seam ripper and began ripping seams apart.

She labored and toiled the whole morning through and when she ran out of quilting projects to undo she ripped out the seams from her clothes and her husband’s too.

When finally she was satisfied that she had ripped enough seams to turn the clock back a full seven days she headed out to the post office with package in hand.


When her sister, (who was by the way quite understanding by nature) finally received her package in the mail she noted the postmark date of January 7th, 2011 but knew in heart that somewhere in an alternate universe it was dated December 31st, 2010.

The end.


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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