My barn quilt is fading and needs some work. Since putting mine up two years ago, more are springing up in the county but not as many as I would like to see. Our local library has a local artist painting them for a price and the proceeds benefit the library. I love this idea for the library and spreading the quilting heritage throughout the county. I’ve decided to start another one for the same barn but for the other end of the barn. This will be seen as you go either way past the farm. I also want to put one on all of the other barns but will probably do two each summer.
I’ve just got to figure out how to keep them from fading and peeling. Apparently the exterior paint and three coats of polyurethane aren’t enough to fight Mother Nature’s effect on them. Research is needed before I start the new board. I’m told that rustoleum latex paints are the best and I used a basic exterior paint. Experimentation will be the true test.
I love seeing them all over the county and this winter I’ll being looking for the pattern that suits our farm or maybe use a pattern in one of my quilt like I did for the first barn quilt.
For several years I’ve been collecting dainty ladies hankerchiefs and my mom made sure I got some that belonged to my grandmother. Some belonged to my husbands aunt and some I found at yard sales still in their original packaging. I’m working on some ideas about using them in a quilt for my guest room. This quilt would not be used a lot and the hankerchiefs will match the feminine decor in the guest room. I may use some of them in a shadowbox as well. I’ll probably continue collecting them for more future projects.
It’s two weeks into the new year and I haven’t made anymore blocks for my sampler quilt. The weekends have been slam packed with other stuff and I haven’t sit foot in my quilt room. Shame on me!! This week I’ll try to do better.
Last weekend we hauled in firewood and put away the last of the venison and pork. This weekend we worked around the house, cleaned the hen house nests, and today spent most of the day working cattle. We had twelve 3-4 month old calves to vaccinate, worm, band and eartag and 15 cows to worm and eartag. Our daughter helped with was a blessing and we finished in about two hours.
There is ALWAYS something that needs to be done!! No pictures today! Cattle don’t fare well in a head chute and having their pictures made. Anyway, on with the new week and hopefully the sampler blocks will be made. I’m only about 30 blocks behind!! 🙂
I took one look at my last post and found out that block number five needs to be re-pieced. Look at the block and see if you can find my mistake!!
Can’t see the mistake–it’s supposed to be a mirror image of this block number 6 except for the color changes.
The mistake is in the bottom row and the outer blocks need to be turned. I’m so glad I did the post so I could find the mistake before I started putting the quilt blocks together!!
I have a little piece of heaven and getaway right inside my home. I call it my “Quilting Room” and it’s all mine. It’s not a huge room but it’s perfect for some solitude to quilt, look through quilting books and magazines for the next project, embroidering blocks and more or to just sit and think.
Right now I have an old vanity with a missing mirror that I use for my sewing table. It has three drawers on each side for storage and a space underneath the middle for my knees and the foot pedal. It just needs to be about two or three inches lower and about a two feet wider. I do try to make do with what I have to save money.
I have one of three sewing machines set up in my sewing room, an embroidery machine, a cutting table and all of my computer “stuff”. The rest of the room is lined with shelves which are loaded down with totes of fabric, quilting and sewing tools, and all my sewing/quilting books & magazines. I did spare some space on one wall to use for my quilt design wall. I place my quilt blocks on it when I’m ready to put the blocks together. I stapled a large piece of quilt batting to the wall and the blocks stick to it and don’t fall off. You could also use the back of a vinyl tablecloth with cotton batting on it. That’s what I used to use until I started making larger quilts.
I’m thinking about moving the computer to a new location in the house to free up more space to set up another sewing machine so I can work on two projects at one time. Why do I have so many sewing machines?? I used to have only one and when it started having some problems and had to be in the shop, I was lost! I caught a new Singer Simple on sale and couldn’t resist the temptation and bought it. My old machine is a Brother that my husband bought me for Christmas over twelve years ago and it’s only been in the shop three times. It’s my old faithful. The third machine is a Brother also, that a dear friend sold to me when she had to move and it sews great.
The one I want to bring in to replace the computer is like the one I learned to sew on with my Grandmother. It’s not Grannies but it’s very much like it and it’s a treadle machine. I’ve been wanting to use it for years. A treadle machine may just tell me how good my knees really are now at 58 years of age (me, not the machine, it’s older). I don’t even know if it works but I’m willing to give it a good cleaning and try. As you can tell, I love to sew, quilt, crochet, embroider (hand and machine), and most all crafting. When the treadle machine moves in we’ll post again but until then, it’s time to find a new quilt pattern to start. How about a red and white windmill? Or, a blue morning star? Even better, I need a new purse!!!
Where’s your little piece of heaven?
I would have never thought in a million years that a tiny baby quilt would take so long to finish. I’ve been working on this little treasure for two months, cut to finish!! The problem wasn’t the pattern, it was just finding the time to work on it. Spring is not the time to start a new project!! There are just too many things to do outside like yard cleanup, flower bed cleanup, grafting trees, starting seeds and not to mention tearing down the cattle working-pen and rebuilding again. Well, most of it is completed now and today I finish the little 40 x 48 fussy cut quilt. I think it turned out pretty well and I completed it before the baby is walking. I’m pretty proud of it though it’s not my most difficult but it is my first tied quilt. The colors were decided after a talk with the babies dad and the colors of their three year old brother’s room. The bold blues and orange were the colors of the room with ocean animals as their theme. I thought the fish and sea turtles pulled together fine with the bright orange from some of the fish. I think they’ll both love it.
I am so enthralled with the new book I’m reading that I wish the evening to fly by so I can have an excuse to go to bed and read myself to sleep. It would be hard to convince most of my friends that a quilting book could have love, mystery, suspense, history and comedy all rolled up in one book. The Quilter’s Legacy is a combination of present day and early 1800’s and the time of the slaves. Old quilts and a journal tell the story of slavery and quilting. The story revolves around a family that comes to America to find a new life and . . .
Oh well, I don’t want to spoil the mystery so I’ll stop there but Jennifer Chiaverina is a wonderful author and the quilts described in the book are gorgeous!