Friday, January 27, 2012

Another from January 19, 2012

One more picture from a few days ago....I am really beginning to think this is the most snow we are going to see this winter. I don't think it has completely quit raining for over 24 hours. We drover over to the super Walmart in a nearby town, and took some back roads. Water was every where. It looked like regular little streams through some of the fields...fields that you would have thought was flat.
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I chickened out on my computer...I did take all the screws out of the back...and took some little panels off....but neither one gave access to the fan. I have saw a video of how to clean the fan, but not one of how to get to the fan. I have found instructions, but not one single picture is included. And so many things have to be disconnected...if I was familiar with it all I could probably do it. And could probably do it if I had pictures to see...but for now I am not that brave. So far it hasn't quit on me again, so hoping it lasts a while longer.
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I did finish cutting the rest of the strips for Roger's quilt. My friend was talking about pioneer women and what a job it was for them. And wondering how they got enough fabric to make one. I have wondered forever how they did it all. I think back then beds were smaller...when I was young having queen and king sized beds was not the normal thing. Not in our area anyway.

Mom did save every scrap of fabric, and was tickled to death if anyone happened to give her a few. I don't remember it taking her very long to cut out her pieces for a quilt top. She always used a piece of cardboard to make her pattern, and would layer 3 or 4 pieces of her fabric...and she just held the pattern and the fabric together in one hand, and cut around it.

It is a whole different world now...she never went to a quilt shop in her entire life...there wasn't even a good general fabric shop around down there then. I think she only every had one thimble...I bet I have had at least 8 or 10 different styles. I don't know that I ever saw her buy needles...except for me for Home Economics...and maybe some quilting needles. She just kept up with her stuff like that.

And I have said it before, but will say it again...I would love to know how many miles of sewing she has done...both by machine and by hand.

14 comments:

Sandra said...

my grandmother uses what ever material she could find, old shirts and flour sacks, no stores for her either. old dresses and blouses too

we cleaned our inside to the fan with my can of compressed air. put the straw in side after you take the back off and spray away the dust. you will be shocked how much comes out, also spray in in the vent holes. we did this because our neighbor told us how and said we need to keep the inside clean, electronics attract dust, like fan blades in the ceiling. my computer quit and he fixed it by cleaning it, so now we do our own.

Mary said...

I wonder if they started a quilt with what they had and just kept adding as they got more fabric or if they waited until they had saved up enough scraps? Sure makes us quilters of today look spoiled :-) I should sit down with my scraps some day and determine to make whatever I can from them and see what it is like to do that. And I would sure miss my rotary cutter and rulers! I started out quilt making with a cardboard pattern and scissors and have no desire to go back to that!

Judy said...

Any fabrics they had I don't think were as colorful as they are now do you think?

Judy said...

I think too...That they might have used fabrics from the clothes they didn't wear anymore.

Gill - That British Woman said...

when I think of scraps of material I am always reminded of Dolly Parton's song "Coat of Many Colours."

Back to snowing in my neck of the woods again,

Gill in Canada

don said...

I like the compressed air idea. That's a good one to try.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, Interesting thoughts about how our ancestors found enough fabric to quilt. But they did!!!! Of course the flour sacks back then were used ---and some of that fabric was gorgeous... I'm sure there were other things like that.

I don't blame you for not trying to fix your computer yourself... Hope it is working now and that you don't have to take it to be repaired...

I don't think we'll get any snow much --but who knows what will happen in Feb. and March.. My fear is that our spring flowers will bloom early and then we'll have a huge frost which will kill them all... Remember 2007???? Yipes.

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I'm beginning to agree with you about our winter this year. It was nearly 60 degrees earlier this week. We have plants popping up all over the place.

Ellie said...

I don't blame you on not opening up your computer - I would be at a total loss.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful winter photo!

EG Wow said...

Winter has been strange here too. I hope March is not a BIG snowy surprise because by then I'm ready for spring.

I think women were better savers of fabric when our mothers and grandmothers were quilting.

Marie said...

Thanks for your comments on my post, Rose! And, I hope you can get your computer cleaned. I need to do that too as I can't access the disk drawers....they won't open! That has kept me from loading the disk for the printer and the scanner, and I haven't been able to use my old pics that are saved on disk. Not good!

Marie said...

Thanks for your comments on my post, Rose! And, I hope you can get your computer cleaned. I need to do that too as I can't access the disk drawers....they won't open! That has kept me from loading the disk for the printer and the scanner, and I haven't been able to use my old pics that are saved on disk. Not good!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I remember my grandmother saving every little scrap of material she had to make a quilt with. All the leftovers from sewing projects. I remember an old, old quilt my mother had that wasn't quilted but pieced together out of mens old woolen dress pants and jackets. It was not pretty but very heavy and warm.
Hope you get your computer fixed!

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