Thursday, March 9, 2017

"I Like" 19th Post!

Well it is the happy time of the week!  Sponsored by our hostess-with-the-mostess, LeeAnna from "Not Afraid of Color".  Please visit her blog and enjoy her posts and make your way to the other bloggers.  The movement seems to be growing and growing!

What do you find yourself enjoying this week?  What do you like?

I like estate sales.  I come from a long line of estate sale buyers :)  I only go to the ones in my neighborhood.  Last week I actually got new furniture for the large hallway outside my sewing room.  Except it's no longer a hallway--now it is an office because I got furniture at a nearby estate sale.
New kinds of estate sales are emerging in my region.  The company tells you what area the home is in and you bid online, picking up the pieces that you won on a specific date.  Last week I won two chest of drawers and a corner for $6 TOTAL.  It has been wonderful having a place to write that I don't have to move.  An added bonus was it was the kind of furniture my paternal grandmother had in her house so it has a warm happy feeling.  It's real wood, was very clean and it works in former "hallway".

I like sunbonnet quilt patterns.  In case you didn't know this, I collect antique quilts and I lecture at guilds, museums, historical societies and other groups on women and quilt history.  I love the sunbonnet pattern because the pattern has been much maligned the last few decades and yet, quilters refuse to give up the pattern.  The use of the pattern is even frequently used for social messages.  If you go here, you can see a whole new use for the sunbonnet pattern.  Whether you like it or not the pattern is here to stay.  
A friend just gave me an old quilt with this cute pattern on.  I haven't seen this one before with the kitten and string.  I am always seeing something new!

I like birds and am always birding as I walk through my neighborhood or park system.  I give names to some of the birds which my elderly neighbors enjoy. This is Swans Solo.  Swans has been living alone in our ponds for at least 5 years.  Something about Swans pierces my heart.  I wonder what happened to Swans mate.  Swans mate for life and can live 20-30 years.
Isn't Swans beautiful?

Have a wonderful day!


Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Swans Solo? very cute. That online Estate sale sounds interesting and convenient. Unfortunately, I live in a subdivision where there are many estate sales. I find it sad to peruse them sometimes. But, you can get great finds.The home across the street just had one Saturday. It's a look of what things were important to the woman who lived there. Enjoy your day. mary in Az

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your photos of Swans are just beautiful! I'm actually not sure I've ever seen a swan in his natural habitat, and it does make you wonder what happened to his mate. I had to get out my bird book and see where swans actually do live! I admit I am one of those quilters who is not a (ahem) fan of Sunbonnet Sue, but I didn't know they were often used for social causes. I clicked on the link you had, and was very surprised! There are so many interesting things to learn about quilting!

Julierose said...

WHOa, Ammo Sue--that's a shocker!! My Sues are all pacifists...hahaha.
hugs, Julierose

Unknown said...

We get thousands of swans in our farmers fields here in the Pacific NW over winter. They are magestic!

claudia said...

I love that you give the birds names! Swans is a very cute and appropriate name. Poor guy though, all alone!
I remember my grandmother making a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. She did the boy too, I forget what he is called though. I belonged to a quilt guild called the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club. I never got anything done there. So I keep up with them, but I don't go to meetings. I do a lot more quilting now.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Thank you for mentioning thimble pads; I can't wear thimbles but need to and I will give the pads a try. I have a friend who is a huge Sunbonnet Sue fan; I usually send her any links I find. I had no idea there was more to Sue than a sweet little applique girl.
Swans are just so special, aren't they. How lucky you are for having them nearby.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh I love estate sales - and online? Heaven!! I love your new furniture, how lovely to have a place for your computer where you don't have to move sewing stuff out of the way, lol. Swans Solo is so handsome, sad that he doesn't have his mate!!

sonja said...

overall bill was sue bonnets ken i thinks. i was so moved by the swans swimming on Lucerne Lake as a 19 year young i wrote a poem about them!finished 25 years later!! And there was a hotel on Kauai.( it was a Marriott last time i was there) that had swans swimming in a central court with fountains.

LA Paylor said...

6 bucks??? Score!
I love swans... bird ballerinas. Graceful even when sitting still.