Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1930s triangles

 A month or so ago I went to a quilt shop that was going out of business and got a grab bag of 1930s (I suppose) half-square triangles for $1.87.  Not sure exactly what I'm going to make with them (well, baby quilt, as everyone seems to be expecting, but not sure the pattern yet), but I figured I could at least make squares out of them.  I have enough to make 132 of these and 19 solid white (perhaps I have enough of my own scraps of this batiste-type cotton to make 20).

So I've been sewing squares.  
All in a row, so I'm sort of making bunting, at least until I iron them.

Bunting seems appropriate, if you can see what's on my little TV...

Yes, it's a Royal Wedding special.

I also went to the British Consulate on a break from work (it's right across the street) and signed the congratulations book.  (Most exciting thing ever!)  I felt a little less silly when I saw that the Mayor had signed just before we got there!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What books have you read?

I've read 56 of the books listed here, and 1 (Shakespeare) unfinished. Not bad. Minus: several of the read books (Suitable Boy, Life of Pi, etc.) were school assignments or tutoring self-assignments (as students had to read them). Plus: most of the unread books are of the modern/trendy/"read the book of the movie!" variety. (Admission: I have read Bridget Jones....)

So.... have an English teacher as a mother and you'll read most of the classics at home; have two advanced degrees and you'll probably get most of the rest!

How about you?

Saturday, April 2, 2011


So, in my grandparents' kitchen, out in the country, this wallpaper was in the kitchen back in 1977. They replaced the rest, but not in the utility closet.

The best part? It's held together with electrical tape.

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