So I called my brother and asked him about the gypsies. Here's what he said:
"Several times a year they came to town. There was a scissor sharpener with a horse cart and grinding wheel, some sold strawberries, and another had a cart filled with ice covered in hay."
"If you gave them something they put a chalk mark on the street in front of your house. Mom kept a bag of potatoes on the back porch and she'd give them one or two." I knew I could rely on my brother to set my memory straight. He's 6 years older and remembers everything :)
This cheater cloth was once a skirt. It wasn't mine but I couldn't bear to throw it away. So I removed the elastic in the waistband, opened the casing, ripped out the side seam, threw it in the washing machine and used it on the back.
I brought the quilt to Barbie to be long-arm quilted. She did a wonderful job. I love the way it turned out!
The quilting design is a floral/leaf combo.
I anchored the lower portion of the strips with a little hand quilting.
Years ago I bought 4 yards of this print fabric for $2.00 at the historical society fair. As I was prepping it for the back I discovered an original Newberry's price sticker, 37-cents/yard. Those were the days :)
I was playing around with the photo filters on my computer. Most of the filters drastically changed the look of the quilt but I kind of liked "Vanilla" because it showed the light and dark values.
I just finished cleaning and de-cluttering my sewing room. Still have a long way to go but it feels so much better!
My rack of UFOs :)
Pretty yellow tulips in our garden :)
Have a wonderful week!
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