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Monday, May 25, 2015

DWM: Memorial Day

 Our church was well-represented in the Winthrop Harbor Memorial Day parade. (Stevens is in the back row behind Mel (in the red t-shirt).  The clouds rolled in, dropped some rain, and rolled out again.  

We reported at 10:00; parade began at 11:00 

I will not need to take a walk this afternoon.

It feels odd to have an entire week of May ahead of us even though it's Memorial Day. 

"Every Quilt Tells a Story" was my program for last Monday's P.E.O. meeting.  It was also the last meeting for Mary Stewart. She and her husband have retired and are moving to Florida.  Daisy Patch was the chapter's gift to her.
The pattern is "Golden Splendor" by Ann Weber of the Gingham Girls. It was published in McCall's America Makes Scrap Quilts in 2008.  Linda W. pieced the back. I did the applique and the quilting. Linda bound and labeled it.

Another Daisy Patch is underway for Bonnie, another chapter sister who is also moving to Florida. Linda W. and I have the same division of labor. It's all assembled and I have begun quilting it. Bonnie's last meeting is June 14.

I finally made a green bubble block for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

"Chocqua" is the color combination for my next Heartstrings

Check out other quilters' holiday doings at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My basement's back

I've been cueing Lesley Gore this week -- remember My Boyfriend's Back ?  But my version is "my basement's back and I'm gonna be sewing."

April: boxes in the garage
On Monday I directed the ServiceMaster crew to bring all the boxes down and just stack them--I'd take care of sorting them out. That was fine, but I soon learned that the crew who boxed everything  labeled stuff on the west wall (photo #1) as "east wall" and the stuff on the east wall as "east wall."  That made each box an interesting discovery. :)

I did not rearrange very much. My goal was to put things back and do it quickly. I honestly will discard some things. (I really don't need two copier-paper boxes of dress patterns that date to the 1990's.  If those styles come back I can buy new patterns. Moreover, I will have to buy new patterns because I never, ever, ever will have a 28" waist again.)

Friends of ours are moving this summer. They were happy to take three dozen of the flattened empty boxes.
The west wall, restocked

The boxes for "center shelf" were correctly labeled
Looking east 
(The antique bentwood chair in front of the bookcase  is not comfortable to sit on, but it is a handy place to put things on. It's just never quite in the right place.  My mother bought it in the early 1970's and it was was never quite in the right place in their basement, too.)
The real east wall (the spare room) 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

DWM: off the wagon but back on the rails

I bought fabric this week.  Whew. I confessed.

I got these typographical prints at Quilt Play. I am collecting them for a specific design.  So far I have 35 of the 52 alphabets and 20 numerals I need. This purchase:  2-3/4 yards in all.

On Friday Irene and I went to a warehouse sale at  LiTen Up Technologies . They make the QBot controller for long arm machines -- and they also sell fabric.  All precut:  1-yard $7; 2-yards $13; 3-yards $18, including batiks. I got 14 yards for $104 with tax.

But I got right back on the rails and worked on these scrappy blocks this week.  Each block is made from 14 1.5" x 3.5" rails plus 3 strips 1.5" x 8" (trimmed to 7.5") and 2 strips 1.5" x 10" (trimmed to 9.5").  Blocks are 9.5" unfinished.  The 42 blocks shown use 3.54 yards -- not enough to cancel out this week's purchases!

See what other quiltmakers are working on at Beth's Love Laugh Quilt  and Judy's Patchwork Times .

Just stampendous

Did you have a stamp collection when you were a kid?  I got the hang of affixing the little glassine stamp hinges to the stamps to mount them properly on the grainy illustration.  I remember sending .25 for a packet of cancelled stamps and finding out that the ratio of just-plain .03 or .04 (or 3-penny or 2-franc) stamps to pretty commemoratives in the packet was large.

The hobby did not catch on with me and I don't know what happened to my starter album and all those loose, cancelled stamps. 

I got these stamp albums at a church rummage sale last week for $5.  The red-covered "Modern Postage Stamp Album" was published by Scott's in 1937.  The green-covered album, "The Academy World Stamp Album," was published by the Grossman Stamp Co. in 1961. 

The 1937 album has pages for stamps of many nations that no longer exist.  Korea is spelled Corea.  Australian states have individual pages, as does Newfoundland which was not then part of the Canadian federation.  A previous owner added information about some of them.  

The 1961 album is firmly in the post-WWII Cold War era. Some of the country pages are headed with geographical summaries. Not all the comments are politically correct today (one example: the percentage of the population of Central American countries that is "pure white").  Look at the next to last line in the Denmark writeup. 

Most of the pages of these albums have few if no stamps at all. The 1961 collector had some commemoratives like these ships from Poland and wildflowers from Romania.

This article torn from the February, 1963, issue Kiplinger's Changing Times magazine was inside the 1961 album.  Did it persuade the album's owner to give up the collection?  We'll never know.

If I were truly crafty I would figure out a way to use not only the stamps in these albums but also the album pages with the lithograph illustrations of the stamps.  In the end I will probably enjoy these albums for a while and then sell them in my own garage sale. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I'm floored!

Actually, we're floored.  Technically, it's floored.  ("I'm just floored," is an expression my mother used when she was surprised. It it a 30's/40's thing?)

 The cabinets were the original kitchen cabinets (relocated when the house was remodeled/added on to circa 1990).  Most of the stuff on the counter top is there because there's no furniture at the moment.
This is the spare room, home of the Deep Stash .
The new doors are beautiful. I wish I could splurge and have the upstairs doors replaced, but there are nine of those (plus bifold closet doors in the front hall).  [Left: cedar closet, center: to laundry room, right: to the family room/studio.]

ServiceMaster will come Monday to put all the boxes in the garage back downstairs. I'll be back in business soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

DWM: oh, sheet!

 I had 1.5 x 3.5" blue strips that I did not use in the red rails flimsy. I had a few 1.5 x 7" strips left over from the blue rails. I pulled all the blue strips from the 1.5" hamper  and I cut a  more strips from the blue FQs.  I trimmed all of them to 1.5 x 3.5 patches and pieced them into 5's (3.5 x 5.5 unfinished).

I wanted to set the resulting units with white, but I have no idea which of the 30 boxes in the garage contains the white (and WOW) fabric.  Buying new fabric is an option but I am trying so hard not to buy!  Look what was in an open bin on top of a stack in the garage:  a Fieldcrest fitted sheet, twin-sized. I got it at this estate sale three years ago.

(The sheet had covered seams at the edges and the fitted corners (nowadays the seams are just overlocked).)

The blocks are 5.5" unfinished. The flimsy is 60 x 65. When I can access the yardage part of my stash I'll choose a border.

Jane S. is a friend who has moved from her house to assisted living. The house sold (in two weeks!) and her children, who are my age, had an estate sale this weekend.  I can't resist daisy stuff.  (Jane did the little oil painting.)                                                                                           This week  I read Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (borrowed via ILL). Though I think many of her techniques aren't culturally relevant in the U.S. (she is Japanese), her basic premise of keeping only those things that bring joy has  merit.  The daisies do bring joy!

Also from Jane's sale: vintage tablecloth from Las Vegas, with a bag of dice inside the folds. Cloth and dice were $3.00.  The tablecloth has never been used. It's from, hmmm, the 60's?, before the mega casinos. 
This pretty floral tablecloth came from another estate sale. The label ("Simtex / made right in America") was still attached. Some stains but only $2.50. 
See what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's Patchwork Times and  Beth's Love Laugh Quilt

Mother's Day

Dec., 1953-- my sister arrived in Feb., 1954
People just assume that most adult women are mothers. When someone wishes me a happy Mother's Day I choose to be gracious and say, "Thank you."

Though I'm not a mother, I am a daughter and my own mother was a wonderful person.   I never knew my grandmothers. My paternal grandmother died in 1947, before I was born. My maternal grandmother died in 1953, when I was a baby and my mother was only 27. She never let on (to us) how she felt about that loss. I think about that since my memories of her are so strong. She told very few stories about her mother, or her growing-up years, but she was always close to her brothers and extremely close to her second cousins, who were about her mother's age.

Mother's Day, 2000

Mother's interests are a legacy obvious in my sister and me. She loved to read. She sewed, needlepointed, and embroidered. (But she did not knit or crochet, and neither do I.)  She loved antiques. She loved to garden and she loved flowers, both cultivated and wild. She was curious: she loved to learn and to travel and took copious notes from classes and tours.  She was thrifty in some ways (Depression-era childhood plus Scottish heritage) but splurged in other ways (she loved ironed bedsheets so she sent the linens out every week). She had deep faith. She had many friends.

 I stitched this piece and gave it to Mother in 2000.  The verse is attributed to John Wesley.  It exemplifies her attitude and actions.

I hope you have a happy Mother's Day -- whether you are honored by your children and grandchildren, or you, too, have good memories of your mother.