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  1. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #9

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:36 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode # 9


    Scraps


    As the years passed, I would often sit on Mothers bed while she sewed on her treadle machine. I usually read, but sometimes I’d embroider, or make another square for my crotchet table cloth. There wasn’t much conversation, as Mom was deep in thought with her projects. I collected the scraps and rolled them neatly, with the largest pieces on the outside, folding the ends over to tuck in all the loose and tiny scraps. I then tied the bundle ...
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  2. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #8

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:30 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode # 8


    Grandmother Competitions


    The visit to Meridian couldn’t come soon enough. During the winter there was a short period of time when I was home, sick. Instead of the customary puzzle book, Daddy had gotten a ball of crochet thread and a needle to keep me entertained between fevers. I couldn’t wait to show Granny what I could make. I rode The City of New Orleans, a delightful steam engine train, to Meridian that year. During the trip I made a shell ...
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  3. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #7

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:25 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode # 7


    The Other Grandmother


    Maw Maw lived only a few blocks from us in New Orleans. She was from Columbia, and spoke very little English. She also had Tuberculosis, and wasn’t allowed to hold me or get too close to me. That didn’t stop us from being emotionally close. She taught me how to make cookies, jellow, jams, and buttered bread with cinnamon and sugar. I’d come home from school to find a note from my mom saying that she was shopping, and that ...
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  4. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #6

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:19 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode #6


    Summertime


    When I got to Meridian, there had many changes in the house. Granny had electricity and indoor bathrooms! A lot of space in the linen room was lost to make space for the bath rooms. There was a small bath on Aunt Dee’s side of the house which had been the closet nook. Her bath had a little shower, and a big bath was on Granny’s side of the house. Her bath had a big iron tub which sat up on golden balls. It was called a ball and claw tub. ...
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  5. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #5

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:11 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode #5


    Secrets in the House


    The old Victorian had been built in 1852. It sat on top of a hill on 28th Avenue, near 16th Street. It was a huge house in my perspective. There were little windows upstairs, but there wasn’t an up stairs. Floor to ceiling was twelve feet in all of the rooms. The windows were eight feet tall. My grandparents had moved in with their first child in the latter part of the 19th century. They rented the two rooms on the small side ...
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  6. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #4

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:07 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode #4


    Thanksgiving Surprise


    The drive from New Orleans to Meridian was long. I probably slept most of the way. But, as we neared the house I was thinking about Sue. After the disgusting hugs from all the relatives, and the predictable, “how she’s grown,” comments, I wormed myself away, down the hall to the linen room. The oil lamps were all on. Sue wasn’t where I had left her. Perhaps Aunt Dee needed her hoop back . . . she must be in one of the cigar ...
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  7. Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter #3

    by , 11-21-2011 at 02:03 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode #3


    Birth of a Sunbonnet Sue


    Morning comes early in the country. The chickens begin calling before the first light. I hurried to get my chores done, which included going under the house to gather eggs, and take them down the street to the market. After my “cat bath” I was ready to visit my pressed cloth pieces. We sat in our rockers, Grandmother and I. The pieces were positioned in the prepared hoop of drab background cloth and pinned in place. From ...
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  8. Confessions of a Want-to be Quilter #2

    by , 11-21-2011 at 01:54 PM (Confessions of a Want-to-be Quilter)
    Episode #2

    Strike While the Iron is Hot


    The black irons sat cold in their wire cradle. Why couldn’t we put them on the stove, I wondered aloud. Because it’s time to fix supper. There were some excuses about not wasting the wood that I really didn't understand. Finally, when the wash water went on the stove, so did the irons. I was so excited. While they warmed, I had to make a portion of starch water. After adjusting the wooden ironing board to a height I could reach, ...
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  9. annthreecats - My blissful crafting journey

    by , 11-21-2011 at 01:17 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    Debbie, I almost forgot to give you this recipe. I posted this in the recipe section under cornbread recipes several weeks ago. Would be hard to find. This is a Paula Deen recipe that I got from Southern Living magazine about 6 years ago. Here it is.
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    ETA: Sorry everyone, I forgot to list sour cream in the ingredients when I posted this earlier. You should add an 8 oz package of sour cream to the list of ingredients for the regular
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  10. Twister X-Mas Tree

    by , 11-21-2011 at 09:35 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by ladyinred View Post
    A few month ago, someone here on the QB had posted a pict of a tree by using the twister tool. So I browsed the internet and tried to find a free pattern....didn't find one. Alright then....no pattern!
    But I knew, how the twister tool works....so I took a very close look at the tree picts here on QB and started with my tree...and here is mine.
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