Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my barn to your home.  I hope you have a very good holiday!


More upgrades

 Its been awhile since I posted.  My house is all consuming.  there is so much work to do on every square inch of the place.  In January we tore off the bottom half of the front and replaced everything from the sill plates out.  New windows, door, cement, porch and in the process of a new pergola. 
 Also needed are rails and in this picture, plantings.
 Plantings have started.  I am not going to plant grass.  I want a water wise yard.  The boards represent a future fence placement. 
The bricks were buried under about 3 inches of dirt and weeds.  a happy find.  If I ever get a handle on the bermuda grass it will be great.  The plantings so far in this pic are a fig tree, a snowball tree and Lavender.  In the barrel is a lemon tree.


Gravel addition 9/24/14

4 pm.  Yesterday i had 10 yards of gravel delivered.  I spent the entire day raking and moving it one shovel full at a time. i am very happy at the finished product.  The mud factor won't be horrible in those parts now.  And it rained for the first time today so we will see how much it helps after my dog comes inside.  I love my new gravel!!!


Slow but sure - West side of house

Before and after.  I am in the process of buying sod a bit at a time and attempting to plant some things.  It's a slow process.  This is the west side of the house.  The only trees I have so the only shade.  It's still over 100 almost daily. 



A year ago my barn was a run down old garage.  I told the builder to tear it down, he told me he could fix it and I said,  whatever.  It's not new by any means.  It was built when the house went up in 1938. The window is new and the door is new, some of the siding is new and some still needs replacing.  It is a storage area and I love it.  I plan on putting a Barn quilt on it as soon as I get around to  it.  Maybe next year.  I want it to be a schoolhouse pattern.  But I need to draft it and buy the wood and paint and you know the drill.  It all takes time and money just like everything else. I still have to put up the ridge caps on the roof and put up a weather vane.  Next year there will be sunflowers all around.  The paint color is barn red from Tractor supply. 


It's been a long time

It's been a long time since I posted because I bought a house.  And while it was being remodeled I was living out of a box or two at different friends homes.  Everything I own was in storage.  I finally moved in recently and escrow finally closed.  The top picture is about a year ago when this whole process started.  The 2nd pic was about a month ago and the third pic was taken yesterday.  It is a work in progress for sure.  So much to do and so little money!  So quilting has taken a very far back seat in my life at this point.  In fact while boxing up my quilting supplies to store I realized i had more of it than I could ever use.  I will definitely be scaling down in the near future.  But for now my focus is both the interior and exterior of this place.  The back yard is huge and is completely dirt.  no grass, nothing.  The grass in the front is just weeds.  I want to do a low water, landscape without lawn.  All I need is time and money!


Sisters outdoor quilt show block contest 2013 entry

I finished and sent off my Quilt Block contest entry for the 2013 contest. 


Sue Spargo in Chico!!

 Last night was the Annie's Star Quilt Guild meeting in Chico with quilting super star Sue Spargo.  Here she is  pictured with our local star Kitty Pippin.
 Sue's talk was very interesting, and she showed us her wonderful quilts.  These pictures don't do them justice.  The quilts are amazing and the quilting is wonderful.
 Sue and Carmen


I have been busy

 Last summer I went to Alaska to my best friends son's wedding.  Then it took me what seemed like forever to decide what to make them for a gift.  I finally decided I would make pillow shams.  Hand quilted of course.
 The process took way longer than I thought it would, but as of last night they are completed!  Standard size pillows will fit.  the only machine quilting I did was around the inside where I have it pinned.  And of course the outer edge.
After I got out the blue and put them in the dryer they turned out awesome.  Just enough crinkle to make them look hand done.  If it wasn't so much work I would make some for me!  They look great.  Now to buy new pillows and get them in the mail to Denver. 


May day by Kathy Schmitz

 I finished the sewing of the May day small Sweet Stitches BOM from Kathy Schmitz.  I love these patterns so much.  I am hoping to finish the borders of the 3 I have finished over the coming weekend.


An embroidery finish of a Kathy Schmitz BOM

Kathy Schmitz is one of my very favorite pattern makers.  I love her work. 


Kathleen Tracy Monthly challenge .. done!

 Well, not completely done, still have to quilt it.  But the top is done.  I altered the pattern a small bit by adding a second side strip.  Those bias sides were starting to bother me so I put an end to them.  It measures about 21 inches square right now.  But I plan on slicing it down a bit when I am done hand quilting it, which won't be any time soon.  I have a wrist ache from to much hand quilting so I am going to do piecing until it heals. 


A few things I did this weekend

 I put the bindings on these two quilts
 Got two more Kathy Schmitz BOM patterns ready to embroider
Finished up my rabbit.  now to the borders...


Small finish

I made a small finish this week.  Pot holder size.  off center because I was going to make it a mug rug but changed my mind and cut off the left side.  oh well, the pots won't care. 


Grab bag from Homestead Hearth

 On Jan 15th Kathleen Tracy of Sentimental Quilter showed that she got a grab bag from Homestead Hearth and so I thought I had to have one too. 
 The bag came in yesterday's mail.  It is bits and pieces and some bigger pieces.  Aren't they lovely?
 I will wait until Feb. and Kathleen Tracy announces what her small quilt of the month will be and then I will pull some and use it.  Nice fabric selections!


Old cloth rice bag

 My father had this years ago and I got it after he died.  It is fabric and I love it.  At some point in the near future it will be hand quilted and hung on the wall.  Originally I had thought I would make a pillow case out of it but I like the wall idea better.


My little beginning

This book by Lynette Anderson is a wonderful book.  I love dogs and it has a great dog pattern that I have been meaning to make for quite some time. I love this quilt and would like to make it someday.  

Here is the 200% pattern
 But for now I am making one dog and it will become a pillow.  Here is my freezer paper applique.

And here is the freezer paper torn off.
Here is a close up of the completed applique.  Next for the embellishments and who knows how I will finish it.