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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Where Have I Been?????

Well, I have been right here. Life has sort of gotten in my way lately. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get when you have Autoimmune issues. This fall for me it was muscle spasms. No fun with those. Anyway, above is the deconstruction of a quilt in progress. I have one large panel of the backing removed, washed and ironed and ready to use. I was thrilled to find the somewhat tattered quilt at a flea market for a fair price. It is very early. A good guess would put it at 1800-1825. I have not spent any time trying to date the fabrics specifically yet. Prior to this find, the only early backing I had to use was plain cotton or linen.
I have also been collecting, cleaning and seasoning vintage cast iron skillets. These are all made by Griswold. This collection started when we inherited the largest one from my mother in law.  This was something I could do while getting over my cataract surgery.

Vern brought me a stack of feedsacks that he found at an antique mall. They had to be soaked before washing and ironing. I was really happy with the solid-colored ones. They are harder to come by and you really need them to tone down all the prints. You can see my new glasses in the pic. After waiting forever after surgery to get them, they were not correct and had to be replaced. They are better now, but not great. Think I picked the wrong frames and the bottom of the lens sits too far down on my face. So I have issues with close up work. Aaaarrrggghhh.
And last, but not least (in his opinion, anyway) is this 18 pound mess that got into a fight with a stray cat and had to visit our vet for an antibiotic shot and a painkiller shot. He seems to have recovered.
Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.