Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Design wall needed
I need a design wall because Robert, for some unfathomable reason, is not willing to stand around for hours holding up fabric for me to study.
He did hold up the two strips of hearts I’ve been working on, but had to leave on an important errand before I’d finished my contemplating.
I think I’ve figured out how to join the heart strips without “Y-seams” so I’ll try it out today. If it works, I’ll only have 16 more strips to make for the complete heart quilt top.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I read his obituary in the LA Times. It noted, “Socks relinquished the public spotlight in 2001 due to term limits and spent his retirement living in Maryland where he expected regular home cooking and was particularly fond of chicken…No memorial plans were announced. A private cremation was planned. Survivors are unknown.”
I seem to be posting a lot about clothes recently. I hope to have some quilting pictures very soon.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Flashback Friday -- Mrs. Sage's coat
Russell Sage was a miserly man. He amassed a fortune of $75 million (equivalent to about $1.53 billion in today’s money) and left it to his wife Olivia in 1906. She spent her fortune in ways Russell would not have approved. She set up the Russell Sage Foundation which was (and still is) dedicated to good works and social causes and research.
Mr. Russell Sage left his sister, Fanny Sage Chapin, $10,000 in his will. Mr. Sage did leave his nephews and nieces $25,000 each. One of his nephews was my granddad, Fremont Chapin. Fremont was considered a wealthy man when he inherited this money. In the 1930s, Fremont lost all his money in a Ponzi scheme, just like the recent Bernard Madoff investment fraud.
At least we have a coat and a few antiques as reminders of that great fortune.
I just purchased the book, Mrs. Russell Sage by Ruth Crocker. I’m reading it to learn more about my great, great aunt Olivia.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Quilting fabric, not just for quilts
Monday, February 16, 2009
I want to make a simple wall hanging featuring our new president. (I would have featured John McCain if he had won the election.) I think it will be a memory of the times to be passed down to my great grandchildren. They can say, “Look at this old thing. She lived way back when Barack Obama was president.”
I am searching for a good image of Obama for the quilt. I found this one, but I will have to write to the Wall Street Journal and ask permission to use it.
I decided to cheat. I wrote the presidents names on the part of my blouse that tucked into my skirt. We wore “full skirts” in those days – two or more yards of fabric gathered at the waist. My skirt had a snap closure instead of a zipper down the back. On test day, I pulled the waistband around so the closure was on my left side and opened the snaps. I copied the president’s names off my blouse. I knew I would pass.
When I arrived home, I told my mother that I was sure I’d finally passed the test. She said we should celebrate by going shopping. We went into the store dressing room so I could try on some clothes. I took off my skirt and there on the blouse were the names. She stared at them, but she didn’t say anything. My cheating was exposed. She bought me a new outfit and we never ever talked about the incident. I think she was relieved that I didn’t have to repeat eighth grade. A conspiracy of silence. It has haunted me all these years.
I found an article about memorizing president’s names in The Washington Post today. Kids have even more names to memorize than I did. I hope they don’t cheat.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Flashback Friday -- What they wore
I wonder if they could ever relax and kick back. Perhaps when they pulled off their corsets with stays and put on a nightgown for bed they could slump a little.
I ran across this fashion spread whilst sorting through some stuff. It was badly water damaged and has a touch of mildew. I sent it off to Newbie Richardson, a restorer. Perhaps she can use it for reference material as she preserves and reconstructs old garments.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Appliqué in the news
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Harder than I thought
Copyright Christine Thresh
I’ve been working on sample hearts for several days now. I make one or two, then go back and redesign the block foundations and try again. So far, I’ve figured out how to eliminate the set-in seams for constructing vertical rows. But I’ll be darned if I can see a way around hundreds of “Y” seams for putting the rows together side by side.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Bouncing ideas around
I’ll work on it some more tomorrow and report back.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Grandmother's vegetable garden
I can cross that project off my to-do list. I’ve concluded that machine piecing is probably just as much work as hand piecing the hexagons using the traditional English paper piecing method.