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Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2020 at 7:29pm

You are very welcome Katherine.  I was getting frustrated with using a regular ironing board so was happy to finally get something that is the right height and the same width all the way across.  It has 2 doors with storage as well as 2 drawers.  I had to give up using an entertainment center that actually had more storage, but now I just have my small quilts in the family room instead of my sewing room so it all worked out.

Comment by Katherine V. on January 19, 2020 at 4:18pm

Thanks Janet.  I’m going to splurge.  I wish I had more room for an extra island.  I do miss my island.  I use my island in the kitchen for rotary cutting.  It’s the right height 

Comment by Katherine V. on January 19, 2020 at 4:18pm

Thanks Janet.  I’m going to splurge.  I wish I had more room for an extra island.  I do miss my island.  I use my island in the kitchen for rotary cutting.  It’s the right height 

Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2020 at 6:57am

Thanks Carla.  

Katherine, I have a wool pressing mat & I love it.  I keep a tv tray next to my sewing machine with the wool mat & iron on it.  Works great while piecing blocks.  Recently I purchased a kitchen island that I  use for a larger pressing area in my sewing room.  Right now I just made up a pressing surface out of muslin, Warm & Natural batting & Insulbrite, but I plan on buying one of the larger pressing mats for it eventually.  They are pretty pricey though so that will be a ways down the road before that happens.  

Comment by Katherine V. on January 19, 2020 at 6:41am

Thanks for the advice, Carla.  I pressed my next block without steam and it’s better. I’m about ready to spurge on the wool pressing mat.  I’ve been looking at them at one of the LQS and I’m intrigued.  Such sold some stuff on Facebook, so I think I might try one. 

Comment by Carla on January 18, 2020 at 12:03pm

Pretty quilts Janet!  They are very 30's looking!  Handstitcher that a neat observation!  I would have never guessed rifles or shotguns would be a motif in those kinds of fabrics.  But I guess back then they were part of everyday life.  Very interesting indeed!

Comment by Janet/MO on January 17, 2020 at 7:50am

Both of my antique quilts were made in the 1930's.  The bottom one was made in Ohio, but no one knew where the top one was made.  The binding on the bottom one is a bit more worn than the other one, but the quilt feels so soft to the touch!  The Dresden Plate was appraised for $500 and then other one for $450 due to the binding issue.  The appraisals were done by Ann Hazelwood who has written several quilt related books published through AQS.  She was friends with a couple of the members of the last quilt guild I belonged to so they had her do appraisals at the quilt show a few years ago.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 17, 2020 at 5:02am

“think,” not “hunk,” — darn autocorrect!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 17, 2020 at 5:01am

Love your quilts, Janet! Thanks for sharing them with us. I confess I’d have a hard time parting with them. Those colors make me think of springtime. 

Had experience that made me laugh the other night. When I think of feedsacks, I usually hunk of florals, sweet prints with bunnies, ducks, happy children, etc. But as I was quilting my Dresden Plate I noticed a less common motif....

What’s a quilt without some rifles?! The next night I found the same print in blue. I actually saw this print in a blog last year written by another surprised quilter, but never guessed I had it, too. 

Comment by Sandy Larkey on January 16, 2020 at 3:15pm

I have to tell you about this cake I baked for my Nelson quilting group.  I was totally unsure if it would be even edible, so bought bagels and took lunchmeat, cheese and flavored cream cheese, too.  Somebody said, "Oh, and you baked a cake too."  I told them the bagels were my backup plan in case the cake wasn't fit to eat.  Another one of my "mystery ingredient" cakes.  Kale and apple!  The receipt called for pureeing the kale, but my little Black & Decker mini-chopper couldn't handle the job, so I wound up with shredded kale instead, which instead of coloring the whole cake bright green, left it with green flecks.  Surprisingly, the cake turned out to be appreciated by most of the bunch.  Gwen didn't eat her piece, because kale would interfere with her Coumadin medication.  But everybody else said it was quite good, and 3 people asked for the receipt.  My husband, who used to be in Food Research (remember Pillsbury's Toaster Strudel--he was the first person to put filling in the dough) said the cake and frosting tasted "citrus'y".  Oddly enough, it did--I hadn't made the connection, but once he said it, yeah, very strongly citrus.  If anybody is interested in the recipe, holler. 

I wanted to make the gals in my Superior group a mug tool holder, like the ones I have at each of my sewing machines.  But today was obviously NOT the day to do any work on it.  First off, in spite of working the math twice, the length I cut for the pockets turned out to be half an inch too short.  Then once I got the right cut and folded all the pleats, the pocket was too tall for the mug.  So I trimmed half an inch off it--on the wrong side--cut off the fold-over at the top.  So I gave it all up as a bad job for the day.  Maybe tomorrow will be better.  Wanted to get them done before Third Saturday, and go along with everybody and give them their mug tool holders when we went out for lunch.  But I guess it will be for the February meeting, 2nd Thursday. 

Janet/Mo.  that is a beautiful Dresden Plate.  I don't think I've ever seen it done with half circles at the sides like that.  Of course, I haven't seem all that many Dresden Plates--it wasn't one of my family's preferred patterns.  I do have one that Aunt Audrey started, but unfortunately, it was after her eyesight started going, and ... well, let's just say it isn't pretty.  Color choices are great, but she really couldn't sew a straight line, not cut the pieces accurately.  That other quilt reminds me of the Delectable Mountains, or perhaps Tall Ships.  For the Mountains, the points should all be pointing upwards and for the Tall Ships, they should be sideways.  Other than that, I couldn't say anything about what pattern it might be.  But it is pretty.  They both look to be in excellent condition. But somehow I don't think they are 30s prints.  Do you know?

Cold here today, thermometer was reading 7 degrees when I had to take Ellie out for her first bathroom trip of the day.  And it seemed to be very "sniffy" weather, too.   Took us a good half an hour before she got done what a puppy needs to do in the morning--she was too busy sniffing to concentrate on business.  And I'm out there in my insulated coverall over my pajamas, and all she wants to do is sniff and track cats, squirrels, other dogs, wildlife (we have skunks, raccoons and possums here in town)--I'm freezing to death, and she's practicing her "drug dog" bit. 


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