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"Saving everything ". On a nutshell, bingo.
And with the help of Ancestry.com and newspapers.com. I found where they lived, news articles that mentioned them. I "inherited" school records, all sorts of photographs.
With this family, I had an embarrassing hoard of photos..... contrast that with an album of the previous generation where there was almost a complete lack of photos.
Mr Pirate's maternal grandmother was heavily involved in the entertainment industry .... she was a singer and stage actress. There were quite a few studio portraits and playbills of her. His maternal grandfather formed the first symphony of Vallejo, CA, as well as playing 1st violin. He also worked for the US Navy, building templates/molds to construct warships. There was quite a bit of material to draw on.
But, you are quite right.... they saved A LOT!
When I set up a b&w darkroom when my kids were small so I could photograph them with great abandon I also borrowed all of the old family portraits I could find and made copies for a photographic family tree.
There were a lot of photos of my dad's family going back quite a few generations. There were very few of my mom's family; not too many generations.
My Mom said it was because those people in my dad's family were (1) rich and (2) vain.
"Rich and vain" ... LOL!
Mr. Pirate's maternal grandfather was one of the elders of his 10 siblings. The youngest was a sister named Georgiana, who was born around 1900. So, Georgiana was Mr Pirate's mother's aunt ... and Mr Pirate's great aunt .... although everyone in the family simply called her Aunt Georgiana.
She lived long enough and I married into the family soon enough that even I knew Aunt Georgiana. (Mr Pirate is the baby of his family and married last).
From a young age, she was a shutterbug. There may not have been many professional photos but boy, were there tons of snapshots! Lots of multiple prints, too, as Aunt Georgiana played around with settings in her darkroom.
When Mr Pirate's mother was 13, her one sibling died, leaving Mr Pirate's mother an only child. Not surprisingly, there were lots and lots of casual pictures taken of Mr Pirate's mother as she was growing up. And all of those snapshots were saved!
Yeah! I got the binding on the 3" nine patch done!!! This UFO was pretty old, my rough guess was early 2000's when we did those swaps on about.com. I forgot the hanging sleeve in Colorado so that will have to wait till I get back but it is not needed to call this one a finish. I am proud to say that all the quilts that I started this year except the double wedding ring which is still in progress of piecing have been completed this year as well and I have quilted quite a few UFO's. I just hope to keep at the pile of unfinished tops next year as well.
I did bring the DWR project with me to New Mexico so now that the other on is finished that is my project for when I am here this week.
Ami_Quilts (sewingupasto) said:
I just hope to keep at the pile of unfinished tops next year as well.
Just keep picking the top on on the pile and decide what to do with it.
Not in love with it any more? Donate or give it away.
Still like it? Decide what quilting to do *RIGHT THEN* and quilt it. Don't put it back on the pile!
Use the "touch once" philosophy so that eventually the UFO pile does get smaller. It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, whether the quilts are gifts, keepers, or donation. :-)
(Just don't get distracted like I did with another time-intensive hobby!)
The top on top of the pile? Is that not the latest finish, leaving the oldest to be quilted last? I be thinks the pile should be inverted, other wise the less than perfect tops may never feel loved.
What I do is put them all over the rail of the longarm, or on a table and decide which one is speaking to me. If I choose the top of the pile I might not be inspired by that piece. I work best when I love the item I am working on or if I have a reason to work on it like in that it is going to be gifted.
Oh thank goodness, it is nice to know that I'm not the only one hearing quilts talk. LOL
I have been trying to get better at FMQ but I'm using a regular machine and didn't really have a large enough table. I had a rack I made to help hold the quilt up, and that was ok. BUT I wanted to be able to move the quilt about. I have a huge desk (32"x60") that is perfect BUT still not flush to machine. FINALLY found a Finish Carpenter who transformed my old desk for me. The insert space was cut large enough to fit any machine I have in. I'm a happy camper. NOW my two favorite machines are acting up when doing FMQ so I have to figure that out. But I will and then I can really go to town on getting good again. It's been a long time since I did FMQ. Plus getting this done freed up another cabinet for a machine too. Put my 1967 Singer Touch & Sew 600 in the other cabinet. I'm doing the Happy Dance around this place.