May 27, 2011


Strip quilt, 1930’s/40s. Wool. One of the quilts in the “Bold Expressions/African American Quilts” at the Mingei Museum, Balboa Park, 2011.

Yesterday and Today
Himself: Got to estimate a 72 Olds 442 that had been rear ended. When he got there, he was greeted by a gathering of geezers. They questioned him until they were satisfied he really knew what he was doing. G tried to get them all to join the museum.

Herself: Ate a salad at a Hamburger joint, and it was really good. offers the latest news from Japan on days he isn’t fighting his local fauna.

I never did get to the laundry. I did get one whole set of shelved dishes in the dishwasher. Got the shelves washed. Felt triumphant too. More stuff is down and ready to be washed. Only the stove side was really bad. That’s encouraging.

I did learn something from yesterday’s dishes. Photograph the shelves before you dismantle them.

I did learn something from my piecing too. No matter how hard I try, none of the hundred and some blue quilt blocks I so carefully made are square. Do I want to take them all apart, or do I want to cut them all down to size. Resewing them all would be the correct way to do it. Cutting them down might be the easier softer way.

Today books and stuff too at the store.

Keeping life simple with a smile, that’s the goal.


  1. That quilt is absolutely striking!

    And that goo is from the stove -- we have it, too. My friend Cheryl found some cleaner called "Goo Away" -- yup, that's what they named it. But it's supposed to work quite well. I haven't found it yet, but will keep you posted.

  2. So is an issue of measure twice cut once? Or is it that certain fabrics will pull or sag?

  3. I love that quilt!!! I use something called "Goo Gone" and it works a treat! It even gets the get the detritus left when one removes a price sticker. Cool, huh?

  4. Life is not that simple if it involves cleaning. Simple is sitting somewhere with your feet up, a cool drink like iced tea, and reading a book.

  5. If the quilt is perfect; then it won't look handmade.....and it won't be a treasure that someone in 50 years "oohs and aahs" over....

    Congrats on the shelf cleaning; I did that a few weeks ago and smile whenever I open that cabinet.

  6. Thank you for posting the pictures of the beautiful quilts. I've been reading your blog for some time, I really enjoy it. Cleaning is so satisfying, if only it would stay that way.

  7. Mama used to cut her squares down to match. I'm facing the same dilemma if I ever do finish the quilt I've been working on for the past 12 or so years!


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