Here it is...
Jane had invited me to meet her for lunch in Fort Madison since she was picking up her husband after a bike ride from Fairfield and it is only 6 miles across the river from Mom's. I just made it from Burlington in time for our 1 o'clock lunch at the Ivy Bake Shoppe. We had a good visit while eating and then visited an antique shop up the street. You won't believe it. I walked in, looked to the right and hanging on the wall was a painting on wood of a sailing ship with the exact same teal used for the water and the ship's sails. I had to have it to hang by the fireplace next to the dolphin tiles. It wasn't till I'd paid and the lady was wrapping it that I noticed a label on the back. It gives the story of the painting. It is signed and dated 2002, but is a copy of an 1827 painting of "The General Brown" sailed out of Boston, Massachusetts, captained by Austin Matson. It was definitely my lucky day.
It's killing me not to be able to quilt, but I can at least work in Mom's garden since mine is now owned by a lovely couple who adore it!
Till next time, keep stitching!