Thursday, February 16, 2017

I Like Thursdays #16

LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color sponsors a day of positive energy!  It's I Like Thursdays!!!  The number of people participating continues to grow, you should join too!

I like antique and vintage quilts.  I just really like quilts but as an historian, I find researching old quilters is facinating.  All throughout the United States--and other countries as well, there are small quilt study groups where people meet to look at old quilts and try to learn from what they are inspecting.  Our group here is simply the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group.  If you are interested in a group like this (in your area) why not do a net search or check out the American Quilt Study Group here.

I have a second blog called Pennsylvania Piecemaker and often I feature the quilts that we see at our local quilt study group.  Feel free to peruse it here.  I know I haven't been as faithful to blogging there but I am hoping to get back in a groove again.

 One of the things that still jolts me is when quilts from my era are now considered "vintage" like this robin quilt.  It was probably made in the 1960s or 1970s and is polyester:
But there are good things to aging.  I find it amusing to check on the oscars or grammy awards because I am sooooo out of the loop.  It's such a relief to NOT CARE about pop culture.  Sorry but I need my brain cells for other things that I consider more important.  I come from a family that valued music but since my Dad died, I haven't been following much of what is going on.  I just listen to what I like and after all, that is what we all should be doing.  My favorite music these days (yes, I go in phases) is music from the 1960s.    It's happy music and I like that I know all the lyrics :)

31 days until Spring!
I think we all like counting the days until spring!  It was warm enough to actually do some gardening work this past month.  I did not put the garden to bed (for winter) last fall.  I'm only now cleaning up dead leaves and debris.  I'm comforted by one thing--that I spent time with Seamus in the fall instead of cleaning out the garden.
Seamus last spring posing in front of the tree peony.
We are hoping to get a puppy in the spring but it's been a decade since we've had a puppy.  I've reordered my favorite book on dog training:
This book hasn't been in print for many years but my whole family swears by Bash.  The best part of the book is the puppy training schedule.  The schedule is so detailed, Bash relays how many minutes to wait after a puppy eats to put the pup out for business (and it's right on the money).  I have had to order this book so many times because I've loaned it to friends with puppies and I never get it back.  Fortunately for you, if you want a copy of this book, you can get it Amazon for about 1 cent (seriously).

Well that is all for this week.  Have a very happy day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I Like Thursdays #15

It's Thursday and you know what that is!!  We celebrate as a positive day with our hostess-with-the-mostest, LeeAnna, at Not Afraid of Color.

I like this 
Yesterday the high temperature was 64 F.
My daughter-in-law was just lamenting that she just wanted "one good snow."  She no sooner put that out to the universe when the snow prediction for today went from a half inch to well... we are at 5 inches at this point:
I used to hate snow days because I hate driving in the elements but now that I get to stay at home, I do enjoy it.  My neighbors plow and dig me out and in return they request these:
So this morning I am baking and visiting our elderly neighbors and it is all good.  This afternoon I will sew.

2. I like roses, especially pink ones.  My husband appreciates roses too.  We used to baby our tea and hybrid roses but now we enjoy hardier rose bushes.
My brother designed and created my sewing room and it features my love of pink roses: 

Even the ceiling has the wallpaper on it:
So my new quilt will feature rose fabrics and is two sided, side one (the calm side) is pictured here.  The back will be all rose blocks and be a wild garden of flowers.

3.  I love old photographs.  I am always picking up a few at flea markets and auctions.  I prefer photos of children, ladies, and gardens--but to be honest, I have a wide variety of photos that simply appealed to me.  Here is one that seems appropriate for my rose garden love:

Have a wonderful day and if you are in the snow zone, stay safe and warm!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Some finishes...

Just a fun lap quilt to give to some little girl someday.  I made a simple pattern so that the quilting could be highlighted.

 Because the quilting was matroyshkas!!
 This one is a gift:
I've actually completed 6 projects in 2017 and I need to take some more photographs.  I'm sewing a lot these days.  It's winter.  It's what we do :)
Have a great day!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Like Thursdays #14


1. I LIKE I like Thursdays and here is why.  When LeeAnna of "Not Afraid of Color" initiated the day, I was immediately enthused about the idea of bringing a positive day to the week.  But to be honest, it gives me pause and also reminds me to be grateful.  Thanks LeeAnna!

2.  We all love that the winter has been mild enough that the snowdrops began to bloom in January.  My neighbors tell me that next week the temp is supposed to be in the 50s!  Remember--49 days until Spring!  

3.  And speaking of spring, it's Groundhog Day or in Pennsylvania Dutch, "Gruundsaudaag".  Most people don't know that Groundhog Day derived from a European celebration entitled "Candelmas": the day that denoted the mid point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  
As a native Pennsylvanian, here is what I can tell you about the Groundhog Days I've experienced:  if the groundhog sees his shadow, it means 6 more weeks of Winter; and, despite the superstition, if the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, it still means 6 more weeks of Winter.  Today, Puxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.  

4.  Sometimes in life, we stumble upon people who seem to be on the same path as one's self.  LeeAnna is one of those people in my world and odd, unexplainable things happen as we get to know each other.  Today LeeAnna posted about some free "5 Fat Quarter Fun" tutorials.  It was on my list to share this week so I'll share a photo of the other free patterns (tutorials are located here).  

5.  I like Bread.  For many years now, I've known that I have S.A.D. aka Seasonal Affect Disorder.  My friend Diana and I worked near windows back in the 1980s and we realized that we both perked up and energized whenever the sun peaked through the clouds.  We REALLY accomplished a lot when it was sunny all day.  Nobody knew about S.A.D. then.  

What most people don't realize is that part of this kind of depression includes a craving for carbohydrates.  The carbs increase serotonin which is decreased when you have this disorder.  It's also why I gain weight every winter because that is only the time of year I want BREAD BREAD BREAD!
6.  I like crochet and I always pick up these Bread doilies when I see them.  These fascinate me because a) I don't know how to crochet and really wish I did and b) why did people make doilies with the word "Bread" on them?  Were these used on baskets or to remind a husband what to pick up on the way home (okay, I'm just being silly). 

These doilies were actually used to place in trays to serve bread.  I get a kick out of them and ironically don't have a bread tray.  I just like them.  Here is a vintage pattern for the second one pictured above:

That concludes our Groundhog Celebration at 3P&N.  Be sure to visit LeeAnna's site to learn what she likes as well as the other participating bloggers!  Have a great day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Comfort in the Mail

Today I received comfort in the mail.  I have been missing Seamus terribly these past weeks and continue to find things of his that have to be put away.  And then.........this came!!!

LeeAnna from "Not Afraid of Color" made this beautiful art quilt in honor of  Seamus. It has touched me so much and I absolutely love it.   LeeAnna had a black standard named Cole; Cole passed from cancer this past July.  LeeAnna is the one person I know who not only understands how poodles think but can write about it REALLY well.  My husband and I both enjoyed reading about Cole's Capers and Commandments check out one of my favorites here

Look at the art quilt-- I love how LeeAnna incorporated Seamus' last Christmas photo and then filled it in with pencil and ink.
Anyone who knew Seamus understood the balls in the border (his favorite toy).  I am particularly enchanged with the wonderful hearts--especially the one framing Seamus.  Isn't it wonderful?  The bling "adore" on his necklace just says it all.
The backing tells a different story--one of the future.  LeeAnna and I live in adjoining states and hope to get standard poodle siblings this spring.  It would be wonderful to share anecdotes, not to mention getting the poodle kids together!  The idea of a puppy this spring has really been sustaining me during this dreary winter.

Thank you LeeAnna!  You made my day, week, and month!!!  Hugs and hugs!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I like Thursdays #13!!!

I like that I am back online and that the computer is fixed!!!

My puter broke around the time I was posting the "I like Thursday #12" .

What is "I like Thursdays?"  It's a shot of positive energy that our friend LeeAnna created during these uncertain times.  You can find more likes by going to her website here.  

#2.  I liked watching the women's march on Saturday.  I found it inspiring to see so many people gathered in a truly peaceful manner.  When the tv channels showed photographs from the air, the crowd was absolutely PURPLE because the pink clothes the women wore softened the view.

#3.  I like this Christmas tree bag.  I got one last night and hope to use it to store some extra quilts that I've been making.  IT HAS WHEELS!  So I can take it in and out of the attic closet easily!!  I like finding things that are odd to organize things.  I continue to be on a roll with completing quilts and just need a temporary place to put them until they go to their recipients.  This bag is perfect!!!  
#4.  And speaking of sewing,  "Thimble Pads" have been saving my fingers at night.  I hate using thimbles anymore and these protect my fingers really well.  I highly recommend them. 
#5.  Last but not least is the spring like weather that has blessed us lately.  The cold is returning tomorrow but last night when my friend and I were shopping, it felt absolutely like April!!!   It beats the heck out of this time last year when we had this:  

Well that is all the positive energy I can muster this week.    Have a great day!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Like Thursdays #12

It's that wonderful day of the week again when we fill the internet with a positive spirit and a bit of inspiration!  Join LeeAnna at her website (here) to share your inspirations and happy energy for "I Like Thursdays" !

What do I like this week?

1. I like finishing quilts and every few years I have to do a UFO challenge of some sort to take care of projects that either frustrated, overwhelmed, or became lost in the sewing room.  I've mentioned this before but I just have to tell you that by cataloging your UFOs, you can actually finish a plethora of projects!!!  One year I think I finished 24 pieces. I've taken to binding some of my UFOs (the easiest kind of project to finish) and keep them stacked up to work on in the evening as we watch tv.

2.  I like that there is only 66 days until Spring!!!  I can almost smell the damp earth and feel the warm breezes!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I Like Thursdays #11

Check out all the likes and inspiration!  Head on over to LeeAnna's to link up!!!  This week's likes:

1. Homerun:   During the last "I like Thursdays," I discussed Hasbro's Joy for All robotic cat that we purchased for my sister-in-law.  She has early onset dementia and this product was developed for Alzheimers and Dementia patients.  I can't say enough for this product.  Our Di went from being withdrawn and silent to laughing and engaging with "kitty."  My husband said, "You hit the ball out of the park."  We can't believe the change it created in her.  If you have a family member dealing with either of these tragic diseases I suggest you try this.  You can order it directly from Hasbro.
2.  I've been frequently running away from home.  We've been visiting family and I've gone to a lot of flea markets.  I was happy to pick up some overall boys.  I love this one with the pig.  You can tell the maker created her own pattern (check out the penciled lines of the arms).  
And I love this one with the ducks:

The style of these ducks remind of a pull-toy produced by Fisher-Price

3.  I picked up some embroidery blocks that were unfinished.  They are too worn/dirty/stained to embroider but I liked the motifs.  I can scan them and copy them onto fabric with my lightbox.  I'll be sharing these with you so here is the first one...You'll have to darken it a bit to copy but it is sweet.  I see this motif on many 19th century redwork pieces.
4.  THE FREE TABLE!!!  Our quilt guild has a free table where members bring supplies that they no longer want.  I think this is such a neat thing.  Somebody always wants what you bring.  I like to pick up magazines and occasionally get some fabric.  Most of the fabric I picked up this week is for Meals-On-Wheels placemats but I do adore the blue/pink bird print.  I think it is adorable!!!
 And also I picked up these free blocks:

Well I'm off to finish a gluten free cake for hubby and get ready to take some pieces up to my longarm quilter.  Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A finish and a start

I'm doing the All People Quilt 2017 UFO Challenge (you can find it here).  This month I hope to finish the binding on two quilts and I am happy to report that I finished this piece last night.  Now I have to complete a bigger poppy quilt.

I've been going to some flea markets and finding a few treasures.  Today I am going to work on this piece of embroidery I found on Saturday.  The piece was a kit offered in the 1970s by Erica Wilson and features Chessie, the Railroad Kitten--the mascot of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.  The image of the cat was originally created by Guido Gruenwald (1881-1935) and adopted by the railroad in a 1933 ad.  
The ad created a sensation and "Chessie" became the companies mascot.  The piece I found was complete but loose.  It isn't enough that I have my own UFOs, I feel compelled to take on others as well :D  
I'm going to make a pillow for Peter and Jessica and found an asian inspired print that I think they will like (Jessica was just in Japan this last fall).  
I'll keep it simple because I want to be able to give it this weekend when I see the kids.  Here in Pennsylvania, it's been wet and cold weather but that just means--perfect sewing weather and we DO need the rain. 

Have a wonderful day!