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January 29, 2013

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And here was I - having read the title - expecting a photo of Donald Trump or similar at the end ;-)

Stu--I would not so sully my blog. My expectations, too, were daunted. I had thought that you would leave me advice on the comforter-to-quilt conversion!

I love that you are going to make this an extended generation project. I belive that the current advice in repairs of antique quilts is to patch over the holes, but not remove any of the fabric. If the muslin pieces are absent or worn, you could apply a patch over them, but leave any of the original fabric under your patch. I have a tessellated leaf pattern lap quilt in which one of the fabrics has deteriorated. The next time my quilting bee meets, I plan to hand applique patches over those two leaves, keeping the original fabrics in place.

I encourage you to use 100 % cotton thread. Cotton covered polyester would eat its way through these fabrics in no time.

I love this quilt, the history of it, the thrift, and the graphic design. Thanks for steering me this way so I can see it!

Buffy--I really appreciate your advice, thank you. Although I would have used cotton thread, anyway, I was dithering on replacement versus patching. However, it was my own dear Grandmother Hall who taught me to sew, and who taught me that the "proper" way to patch was to place the "new" fabric under the old. One then turns under the raw edges of the hole(s) and handstitches around the holes to attach the "old" to the "new". I believe that I will follow her method. It surprised me to see that the one small patch that she (evidently) made is on the outside; but, it is in the middle of the comforter and she, I'm sure, did not want to tear into it as I am doing in order to replace the batting.

Obviously, I am not trying to maximize the monetary value of the comforter, or I wouldn't be making it into a quilt; but, Maybe one of our great-grandsons will have a wife or a daughter who cares about history. *laughing*

Buffy--After sleeping on it, I'm thinking that I should follow your advice by covering the old with the new - for protection. Hmmmmm..... Thanks!

Buffy--I just found the block that Grandmother Hall used: Churn Dash based on a 5x5 grid. I found it at Churn Dash Quilt Designs.

That's some turkey family you've got there CC. Wonder where those two chicks went. By the way....I just LOVE that comforter...beautiful. ~Joy

Fascinating info on the quilt. I must examine several my mother created, probably early 20th century -- necessary for any young woman's hope chest. FWIW my maternal grandmother also became a "Hall" when she wed in the 19th century.

I also enjoy following the life of your wild turkeys with your photos and narrative. I was surprised and delighted to see my first and only ones briefly along Arizona's Mongollon Rim years ago.

Appreciated your "water" comment on my current blog post. Would like more info on your municipal/state water experience, references/links I could share with those here pursuing our city acquisition since beaucoup local citizen bucks involved.

Joy--Thanks for coming by. I assume that the chicks became dinner for one or another of our woods denizens. I, too, like the pattern of the comforter - so different from the quilts that Grandmother made.

Joared--The only person in my family who ever had a hope chest was my recently-deceased aunt (who had no kids). Most of the women married at such young ages that they would not have had time to have accummulated much, anyway.

I think that you and I decided a few years ago that we are probably very-distantly related. I just had a note from someone on Ancestry.com who said that a man in my family tree was his father and asking how we might be related. Answer: His father was brother-in-law of my 1st cousin 2x removed. Not close!

I'm sorry that you haven't your own turkey flock. They are fun to watch.

I'll have to get back to you on the references. I'm fuzzy on the details; but, I believe that it was something like this: the city has a system that, in years of plentiful water, pumps water back into the aquifer. Some years following implementation, the state amended the water rights of farmers to allow them to spread their annual allowances over multiple years. This means that the farmers could, in times (such as now) of drought, pump out the water that the city paid to stockpile which might deprive the city of water. LA is the city with the real problems over water aquisition!

Love this post about the quilt. and the turkeys. There were lots of wild turkeys in the midwest where we lived--south of Bismarck and also right in Iowa City.

My oldest daughter made me a quilt before she left for the UK, and it's on my bed right now. Nothing warmer.

ME--Have you posted a photo of the quilt on your bed? If so, may I please know when?

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