Friday, December 11, 2009

Making the Jack Dempsey blocks look old

In a previous post, I took pictures of some Jack Dempsey embroidered floral blocks. Over the years I had made 32 of them. I am setting them on point. The problem is the blocks are bright and nothing in my house is bright white. So the other night I tossed all the blocks into the washing machine with hot water and started adding instant coffee. The instant coffee didn't make the blocks look old enough. So then I added cinnamon.  I started ironing the wet blocks and pretty much got the look I wanted.  The quilt top will be finished soon and pictures posted.  Here's what some of the "aged" blocks look like now. After the quilt is quilted, I may need to squirt it down with some more coffee and cinnamon :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual

Advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949:

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. . . never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing. . .When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on . . .[If] you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should. .

If this were true today, I'd never have time to thread a needle. 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mae West Quote

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

-- Rebecca West, 1913