Thursday, May 25, 2023

I Like Thursday: Happy Right Here

Most of my evenings have been spent in the yard.  I planted my seedlings and seeds; admired various plants that have sprouted.  Said hello to the hummingbirds zipping around the garden.  (And unfortunately sprayed the dozen or so hornets nest that have popped up around the eaves and gutters.)

That has slowed progress on the quilt.  I'm trying to get a feel for the dark diamonds on this quilt.  Once I get these pieced together I can do my last layout checks and stitch it all together.  I can't wait - things will cruise at that point!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

I Like Thursday: Desk

Welcome to I Like Thursday, where we share the good things of the week.

I headed up to Newbury on Sunday to help pack up the old roll top desk to ship back to Minnesota with my Dad's brother.  We detached the top from the bottom to help get it out of the house, and in doing so discovered a note wrapped in plastic glued to the top of the cubbyholes.  What a fun discovery!  The note came with two bicentennial coins.  It was signed by my dad and dated 1/23/1976.  It said -

To Whom it may concern:
This desk was rebuilt in 1975-1976 after being removed from Luke's Confectionery in LeSueur, Minnesota.  I believe the street address was 203 South Main Street.  Luke, my father, owned the business from about 1952 until 1974.  Before then it was known as McCall's.  To the best of my knowledge the building was constructed in the 1870's or 1880's.  This desk was probably original equipment.  Almost all the glue joints failed in transportation to Minneapolis where I refinished it.  I used mostly a glue called Mastic, diluted with laquer thinner, to put it back together after stripping it and restaining it with Char Oak stain by Colony Paints.  The final finish is two coats of Masur Oil by the Masury Paint Co.  All parts are original with the following exceptions

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Ahhh, Yes!

This quilt has been a long time coming to get from fabric pull to a first piece on my wall.  I had picked a pattern and pulled fabric over a month ago.  Then it stalled.  I'm still not sure how I want to put it all together, but I needed to start somewhere.  I put together a strip and see how it looks.  I suspect this quilt will be a plan-as-I-go (more than usual).

Part of the delay was lack of a design wall.  I had used all my big pieces of batting and the little chunk that was left wasn't even two feet wide.  My packaged batting says it doesn't require pre-washing, but I still do it to shrink it before quilting.  I had a package of king sized batting I hadn't wanted to tackle.  However, we've had wonderfully sunny, windy and very dry days lately, so I took the time to soak it and spread it across the clothes lines.  It dried completely in just a few hours.  Amazing!

Now that I have a design wall, and my first row on it, I'm hoping to dive in to the project.  After this, I'll get to do some projects of my own.  Then I've agreed to do a king-sized quilt.  That will be a challenge!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

I Like Thursday: Celebrating May Day

Nothing to share last week on I Like Thursday and this week I had so many photos I had to combine them into collages.  Feast or famine I guess.

First up are my May Day flowers.  Aren't they pretty?  I was really taken by the calla lilies.  My mom convinced me to get the big red flowers.  I had to add in a tulip, some roses and a carnation.  

The flowers came from the Montague May Day celebration.  My sister and mother came again this year.  Music!  Morris dancers!  A May pole!  There was also buckets of flowers to choose from to make garlands.  As you can see below, I decorated my floppy hat.  It went quite nice with my flower dress