musings of a flannel graph granny in a digital age
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Last spring Pat and I were taking a walk around the block. Our neighbors were out, so being the neighborly sort, we stopped to chat with them. Turns out they were moving some landscaping rocks and maybe Pat could help? Pat did and if I recall correctly, paid for it with a sore back. It was a really big rock.
The neighbors were making a few changes in the yard and home and I noticed that they were removing a glass top table and chairs from the enclosed porch.
'If you ever decide to sell that table and chairs, let me know - that is just exactly what I was looking for for our back porch." says I.
We didn't hear anything more about it, until several weeks later when we returned from a trip up north. The table and chairs were piled up against the back door of our back porch.
I called the neighbor and asked how much we owed them and he said.....NOTHING! This beautiful, perfect table set was free to us! Hooray! We take care of their dogs when they are out of town and pick up their mail and do other neighborly things like move huge rocks - so this was their gift of thanks.
Needless to say we were/are thrilled.
Not only is this just what we were looking for, it turns out that having a glass top table can be quite handy. I was working on my dresser scarf turned lap quilt project and thought, 'if only I had a light box, I could trace the vines and leaves from the dresser scarf embroidery on the center of the scarf and quilt that pattern'.
Light boxes are not cheap and generally if I want to trace something I will tape it to a window.
However this scarf quilt is rather heavy for taping to windows.
However, if I laid it on my 'new' glass top table and put a lamp underneath, I can see just fine to trace the pattern I want. (I stacked the lamp on books to bring the light up close to the table.)
Here is the pattern I wanted to trace:
Here is the pattern traced and all ready to quilt:
Patrick decided to take an (unauthorized) picture of me, quilting. Clearly I should have been combing my hair instead.
Enough with the pictures~
I'm excited about this project. Thrifted unfinished dresser scarf completed with floss I had on hand, trimmed with patchwork squares from my limited stash. I had enough backing fabric on hand and I got the batting for 40% off. This little project is only costing a few bucks!
My goal is to have this done before I head north to meet my new granddaughter. Twenty more days!