Archive | July 2012

Grandma’s quilt

Grandma's quilt

I just love old quilts, don’t you? There’s just something about them that warms you from the inside out. To me, there is nothing as warm as an old hand made quilt.

This is a closeup of one that belonged to one of my grandmothers. These were made before we had rotary cutters, die cutters & the wonderful fabrics we now have. Can you imagine cutting each piece for a quilt like this, using scissors & a pencil?

Buying fabric for the sole purpose of making a pretty quilt wasn’t an option for many. The fabric was either made from clothing remnants or flour sacks. Things have changed so much, & each era has its advantages & disadvantages. I just wish the fabrics & quilts could tell their stories.

Do you have a favorite quilt? I would love to hear about it.

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Family history

Family history

Mom & I are working on our family history. We have a lot of neat photos & artifacts from our history. I’ve scanned over 2000 photos & am trying to compile everything so it’s easily organized, & some of it displayed on the wall. I have so much work left to do before any of it is presentable, or even remotely organized. It’s a bit overwhelming, but maybe some day, I will have it organized enough to put into a book or 2 or 3.

There were a lot of military people in my lineage. This is a photo of my Grandfather’s certificate from when he was awarded a Purple Heart.

I have a lot of stories to put on paper before they are lost to memory. I’m already seeing a problem with remembering details of some stories. Mom recorded some onto cassette tapes, but she recorded a lot of stuff & I need to go through the tapes & see what is actually geneaology related & transcribe the conversations. I wish I had a way to preserve some of the sounds, like voices of the people who have shared their stories.

I have so many things I want to do, but a lifetime isn’t long enough to get it all done. I’m hoping to have a family reunion next summer, but need to get photos & history organized better so we can get identification of some photos that aren’t labeled. I also want to be able to make a family heritage quilt. I think that would be so neat to have at the reunion. Another thing I’d like to do is build a huge family tree printout. I’d lay it out at the reunion so everyone could help fill in the blanks. Maybe, after I get info next year, I can make a presentation one to give as awards for future events.

I haven’t been to a family reunion since I was old enough to remember it. That is, unless you call a funeral a reunion. Our lives get so busy that we tend to lose track of time & only get together for funerals. With that in mind, I would love to hear your ideas for what to have & do for a family reunion. Do you play games? What kind of games? Do you make a weekend of it, or just an all day Saturday? Do you have any tips or ideas to share for organizing family photos in digital format, or on paper?

New Beginning

New Beginning

Life goes through phases of sorts. I am really bad about changing interests on a regular basis. I learned to quilt a little over 30 years ago, but hadn’t gotten bit by the quilting bug, or at least not very hard. I’ve always loved everything about sewing & crafting, especially fabrics, but not quilting specific.

About a year ago, I saw some fabric that I fell in love with. I just had to have it. It’s like it was reaching out to touch me. I’d never heard of the fabric brand, so didn’t know anything about their quality, just that they had something I liked. The fabric hadn’t even been released to the stores when I saw the photo. I waited, rather impatiently, like a child waiting for Christmas. It finally became available, so I ordered enough to use it for the focus of some quilt blocks & the back. I also ordered a little extra, just in case I made a mistake in figuring yardage, or made a bad cut. This is the fabric that caught my attention.

http://konabay.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=c&Product_Code=CHES-04-BURGUNDY&Category_Code=

Now that I had my fabric picked out, I also needed a pattern. I’ve never been good at starting with simple patterns. I get bored with those & this was such a perfect pattern for this fabric.

http://konabay.com/mm5/complimentary_patterns/Ches_Pattern.pdf

Keep in mind that the only quilt I had finished was preprinted material. My first pieced quilt has a lot of pieces, & I’m making it in a king size. I wanted more focus on the fabric listed above, so didn’t want it cut into little squares for the center of the blocks. I wanted to maintain the design of the fabric as much as possible. I also wasn’t in a position to buy 10 different fabrics, or to pay full price for the fabric of that big of a quilt. Not saying the fabric isn’t worth it, I just couldn’t make the splurge. I did some math & combined some fabrics, cutting it down to 8 fabrics. Added some blocks to make it king size, & bought some discount fabrics. The photo of a finished block is what mine is looking like. I will post another photo when I have more done, but for now, I have about 1/4 of the blocks done with some stitching done on some others. I am doing all sewing by hand on this quilt, as well as taking care of some other stuff, so it’s taking me a while.

Now, I’ve been bitten so hard by the quilting bug that I am building my fabric stash like a maniac. I’ll go into fabric storage at a later date, but for now, I’m seeing quilt designs in some strange places, including tile floors. I’ll post some of those ideas later as I get blocks done. Can’t give all my secrets away at once. 😀

What are your obsessions?

Monday Malware

I’ve been hearing a good bit in the news lately, about how somone has created a virus that they can trigger whenever they want.  Also, if their system gers shut down, it is automatically triggered.  The FBI found out, so they made a work-around but it’s a short term fix.  The “fix” is going to be turned off Monday, but there is a particular anti-malware application that will detect it & fix it. 

The full story is on this link, but the link to the test & repair is at the bottom of the second page.  http://home.suddenlink.net/news/read.php?rip_id=<D9VQJCS00@news.ap.org>&ps=1015

It’s a fairly interesting article, especially if you’re remotely classified as a computer geek.  If you don’t want to read the whole article, go to www.dcwg.org to check & clean your computer.  For Canadian websites, go to: www.dns-ok.ca/

Happy web surfing.

Best friends

Best friends

I have been blessed with a lot of friends in my life, but when you find a friend who you are so connected with that you can pick up a conversation with, even though you haven’t seen each other in over a year, you have something special.

My dearest friend over all these years embroidered a tea towel for me. I didn’t know she had done it, but I had made a pincushion for her. Both are in this photo. The photo doesn’t show the full design of the fabric on the cup, but it has the same flowers & leaves as the towel. I’d call that a real connection.

I am truly blessed. How about you?