It's snowing and blowing like crazy here. See for yourself, if you're curious...this live weather cam is just down the road from our place.
I've had an ear infection for days -- and something about the change in weather is making my head vibrate like a drum. Hearing anything, from music to voices, produces a strange echo. Weird. My friend died this morning, about 9 a.m. I'd planned to stop and see her this afternoon. Instead, the Brick and I will be singing at her funeral service next week. Maybe her death is why my head is echoing, as well...
We had a big snowstorm on Friday...but in just a few days, the snow is nearly gone, and we're back to mud. I went out to collect eggs yesterday and - bam - fell flat on my face. After scraping myself off, a shower was in order...then it was time to scrub out the tub. But I didn't break the eggs! More cold temps this week. More work to be done. The only green: daffodil leaves, forlornly sticking up out of the flowerbed. The chickens have nipped off the rest. (They apparently don't like daffs.) We need to get that fence in the chickenyard finished before they decimate everything permanently. And why doesn't spring GET HERE? Meanwhile: Why we're not as doomed as the naysayers suggest. (From Mr. Money Moustache)
Frozen Dead Guy Days, in case you haven't read about it before (including on this blog), celebrates "Grandpa in the Tuff Shed." In short, a man kept his grandpa's body in dry ice in a shed on his property in Nederland. (His version of cheap crygenics.) When Our Hero was deported to his native country, people continued to keep dry ice on Grandpa. Now the old guy is the central focus of a whole weekend's worth of events!
Family history says that Belle Abram made this quilt in England; she started about 1797, and finished in 1808. (Notice the "BA" and "1808" notations on the piece?) The medallion style (building, border by border, around a central medallion area) was very popular with British quiltmakers.
Eventually the quilt came with its family to America, and was passed down from generation to generation. It lives at the International Quilt Study Center now -- a wonderful place whose collection ranges not only for hundreds of years...but all over the world. Robert and Ardis James' funds and donations were instrumental in helping the museum. But it's also been the donations of money, time and energy of people like us that have helped IQSC continue to grow.
This quilt was featured on the "Quilt-of-the-Month" for March. You can learn more about this piece, and sign up for a "quilt of the month" to be delivered to your e-mail inbox by going here. Enjoy...
Notice the square size? Very typical for pre-1850s quilts...although this one is on the small size. Often these are much larger.
Made by Belle Abram
Probably made in England, 1799-1808
87 x 87 inches/218 x 221 centimeters
Gift of Nancy Harris