Growing up my parents used terms that my generation just never picked up and repeated. My father always said the price of things in terms of “two bits, four bits, and six bits” meaning 25 cents, 50 cents and 75 cents. Maybe some of you remember your grandparents saying the same thing and wondering where did the “bits” come from?
Me too, so I looked it up and here is the origin.
So what does this have to do with sewing? Well, you know that our local chapter of the American Sewing Guild gets donated fabrics, unfinished quilts and notions all year and this is what showed up this week:
What we have is a pre-printed quilt top and all the colored fabrics and bias binding stem strips for a 1955 vintage quilt. It was mailed in brown paper from Chicago to the West Coast for the complete sum of 46 cents…less than 2 bits!
Along with the first quilt kit there is another package without directions or colored fabrics:
When I first saw them I told my buddy Sandi who is a quilting pro about them and she said that by now the muslin fabric must be in bad shape but it is the smoothest softest most wonderful cotton I have ever felt!
Maybe some of you have used Lee Ward kits for craft projects over the years, I know I did in the 70’s while making sparkly Christmas ornaments from their kits. But do you know that the spirit of the company is alive and well after many takeovers and buy-outs…yes, it is now Michael’s.
With Spring in full swing our local birds are really making a show for us. All these were snapped this week by Mr. Mole.
A robin parent gathering twigs for the new nest.
A Rufous hummingbird returns from wintering in Mexico.
And lastly, a female turkey walking along the fence tops looking for Mr. Turkey who has been spending a lot of his time in the tall trees.
Time for me to get back to the crazy brides…9 dresses hanging up waiting to be finished and 4 new ones on the calendar next week. Speaking of crazy brides, a call came in yesterday:
Caller: Yeah, I am getting married July 1 and want someone to totally remake my mother’s wedding dress from 1980.
Me: Most remakes take more than 2 months to complete
Caller: Well I don’t even live in this state and want to do this long distance but I rarely come into town and my mother is very possessive of her dress and veil and doesn’t want to let it out of the house. Do you make house calls?
Me: I am booked through July so this is not going to work.
Caller: When I am back in town the end of June I will bring the veil around so you can remove it from the cap and sew it to a comb.
As my Spanish cousins say, “vamos a ver”…we shall see…ha ha!