Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Calico Garden Quilt

I don't take many workshops or classes, but when I saw this class offered this summer by Froncie Quinn....I heard a little voice in my head yelling at me "DO IT!" Who knows, the voice I heard may have been my daughter telling me to get her a snack...but I signed up for the class anyway. I met Froncie Quinn at the NQA show held in Columbus, Ohio a few years ago and have purchased a few of her histrical reproduction patterns to simmer on my worktable. I have waited a long time to take a class or listen to one of her lectures. Of course I just couldn't wait for the class to begin and I started to piece a few of the 3" blocks. I promised Froncie I wouldn't complete the entire top. The nine patches maybe, but I assured her there was certainly no way that I could finish all those baby applique blocks.

I think seven pieced blocks are enough to call the quilt officially started.
I have eleven other blocks cut and ready in my workbook just waiting to be stitched in a stolen minute or two during the day.

I may make a larger version of this quilt and leave off the border. It will just depend on the fabric I find for the applique blocks. At the rate I am piecing I should finish the nine patch blocks just in time for the NQA quilt show in June to do a bit of shopping for just the right fabric.

I was able to find 400 6" Civil War reproduction fabrics
in a charm pack from Old Trinity School House .

I think I'll work on the applique blocks in July as a warm up for the other class I'm taking this summer from Jeana Kimball.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Finding myself in a yellow wood...

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth. Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same. And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Because I don't know..

when he's forty....

what it will cost him to feed his family...

it isn't enough any more to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.....

there are lessons you won't find in a classroom or in a book...

it's about teaching patience, planning and self reliance....

establishing a work ethic that will grow as his heart and mind grows...

learning that to everything there is a season....

and in the end that you will reap what you sow...

what a wonderful place to learn...

skills that will last a lifetime.

Monday, May 12, 2008

It's a girl!

Meet the newest addition to our family....

.... a Great Pyrenees puppy
Born March 29th, 2008

The children gave her to me for Mother's Day.
The Great Pyrenees is a wonderful breed used to guard livestock.
She is about 6 weeks old and will be inside with us during the day for school lessons. Once she is about 4 months old she will start spending more of her time with her goat buddies.

She and her boy slept snuggled up on the floor near the door last night in
case she needed to be whisked outside in the middle of the night for a potty break.
The puppy is quickly bonding to her boy and rarely lets him out of her sight.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Stealing Days from Summer

The weather here has been perfect for doing everything and anything outside.

The children have never spent so many days wearing their bathing suits this early in the year.

The littlest kitten is growing fast. Teeth are starting to come in and it shouldn't be long before the kitten will be eating dry food. We still have not found a new home for him/her and my husband doesn't believe me when I tell him that I am looking for a home for him/her to go to.

I'd much rather see the kitten go to an indoor home instead of living the life of a barn cat. In the last year we've had a raccoon, skunk and mean old neighbors dog coming through the barn and I just don't want this little one to go missing. The kitten was originally found in a home that was being foreclosed on. I love hand raising kittens that have been abandoned or orphaned, but the funny thing is I am not really a cat person. We have one cat that lives in the house, but that's only because she went missing for a month last year after taking a trip underneath the car into town. Knowing how fast I drive down the particular stretch of road that we took that day, I can't believe she hung on. Now she won't let me out of her sight.

Back in April when I just couldn't wait any longer to get my hands back into the dirt and garden, I started a flat of peat pots and corn seeds. I transplanted corn about 15 years ago, but no one remembers it. Hoping that we have cleared the last of the cold weather I transplanted the seedlings on Monday. Three days later they appear to be thriving. Around here farmers say that your corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July."

My little transplants are at least ankle high, so I'm shooting for knee high by Father's Day. If the transplants fail I'll be back out in the garden to replant.