A Day Without Technology…

is a day in agony. At least, when you are used to being on the Internet several times a day. Last Sunday our power went out. When it came back on, we discovered that our WiFi had gone out. No matter what we did, we could not get it to work. Then we discovered problems with the cable modum. Then the computer virus(s). We are finally back in working order (Thursday) but the main PC is still not 100 percent healthy. Hmmm… I work for a specialty pharmacy… maybe there is a pill I can give it?

A few days ago, it snowed. Nothing unusual for Michigan. As I type this, we are in the middle of a thunderstorm. Very strange!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I received two fantastic presents. First, tickets to see Jesus Christ Superstar at Whiting Auditorium. I am SO excited! Second, I learned that my paternal grandmother was a quilter.

Now, you might be wondering why I am just learning this. You see, I was adopted at four months of age. Yesterday I received an email from a first cousin in Texas, who told me about OUR grandmother’s love for quilting. You have no idea how that touched me. None at all. Sadly, she passed away last year and I will not have the opportunity to see her stitch or learn from her. I hope to see a quilt she has made.

As an adoptee, bits of your family history are pieced together with little parts and tiny stitches. If you are lucky, you will have a potholder-sized picture of your biological history. I am up to a wallhanging. I know my biological mother, my siblings on her side, and a few of her relatives. I have exchanged emails with a first cousin on my paternal side and, years ago, spoke briefly with my father. I know I am part Norwegian and part Cherokee.

Some quilts take six months. Others take a lifetime. They are all precious.

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Michigan Quilts Webring

Announcing the NEW Michigan Quilts Webring!

If you are a quilter, shop owner, quilt guild, longarm quilter, quilt wannabe, or anything quilt related in the State of Michigan, this is for you!

To join, go to http://www.ringsurf.com/ring/nr3080/ and add your website or blog! It’s as easy as that!

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An Old Estate in Overbrook, Philadelphia

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I am fascinated by older homes.  When I see one in person from the outside, I wonder who lived there.  What were they like?  How many were in the family?  What went on there? 

This estate is/was in Overbrook, Philadelphia.  I don’t know if Overbrook was the name of the street or a section of town, but my mom’s Great Aunt and her husband (Estelle Klicker Scott and Carl Scott) owned this home for a long time.  Carl was related to the Heinz family… you know, Heinz catsup?  They were fairly well-to-do, and made a lot of their wealth during the Great Depression by buying up homes that were being foreclosed upon (yes, it happened back then, too!).  They rented them out and eventually sold them for a much higher price.  PhiladelphiaHouseside

I don’t know when these pictures were taken, and I don’t know much about old cars, but probably someone can give me a rough estimate of the year based on the cars. 

While I never visited this home or met Carl, I know that Grandma Estelle liked nice things.  PhiladelphiaHouseLivingroom2 In the photo of their living room you can see the beautiful furniture they had.  Carl’s photo is on the low table in front of the large picture window.  Over the fireplace is a porcelain figure that I have circled for you to see.  When Estelle died, it was given to my mom.

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It is now in my house.  It’s not something I would have ever gone out and bought for myself, as I’m not really into things like this.  But I’d never part with it.  It reminds me of an earlier time in American history.  It makes me think about family history and the way life used to be. 

I wonder what people will think of us 75 years from now?

If you have knowledge of the Philadelphia area, I’d love to know more about this house and what exactly “Overbrook” refers to.  Please contact me by commenting on this post or by emailing me at caronmosey at gmail dot com.

Colors of Spring

I am SO looking forward to spring!
These colors make me want to start a Baltimore Album quilt…
but I refuse to do so until I have a few more of my UFO’s completed.

I WILL NOT GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION!!!
I WILL NOT GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION!!!

I WILL NOT GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION!!!

I WILL NOT GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION!!!

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Guest Blogger on Subversive Stitchers

I have been asked to be a guest blogger on the Subversive Stitchers Blog, and I jumped at the invitation.

After asking Dawn what she might like me to write about, she gave me some thoughts…

“I have no specific direction although you have great experience with publishing books, winning awards, being part of the quilt community, I would imagine you have much to share. I always enjoy being surprised at what my guests bring to the blog. So whatever you want to write as long as it relates to fabric art.”

So I thought I’d ask my readers… What would YOU like to have me write about? Please drop me a comment under this post before Feb. 25th and I will take your ideas into consideration. AND, because Feb. 25th is my birthday, I will randomly select one person’s name from those who respond and send them a “It’s my birthday” surprise. Make sure I know how to contact you if you are selected!

Now, please leave my blog and go visit Subversive Stitchers Blog, It’s one of my favorites!

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Appliqué and Embroidery

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DSC00024I love the look of applique and embroidery together, don’t you?  These are a few close-ups that were requested by one of my Facebook friends in the group Amazing Appliqué.  They are from my quilt “Floral Star of Bethlehem.”  

These aren’t the greatest photos, but they show four different parts of the quilt.  I wish I had a wall large enough to hold this quilt.  Alas, I don’t, and it sits on a shelf in the closet collecting dust.  Maybe someday! DSC00022 DSC00021

A Beautiful Thing

A hungry baby doesn’t care where his nourishment comes from. All that matters is that his needs are met. Bless you, Salma, for opening the window and showing a natural way for mothers to help starving children.

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