July 13, 2014

Sunday Visitor

HI folks.  Just posting to let you know I am still here.  I am working on a special project that turned out to be more than I expected but I am almost finished.  I wanted to show you our daily visitor on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Enjoy!

July 6, 2014

Vintage Featherweight!

Several of my friends have purchased a Featherweight for bringing to the retreats we all go to.  I have been waiting and waiting and tonight I finally won one on Ebay!  I have priced this exact model on several other sites and I did exceptionally well on what I gave for it.  There are a ton of extras with this machine as well!  2 people were bidding neck and neck and I snagged it right at the last 5 seconds.  I know 2 people who were probably cussing after it was over. But that is how it rolls.  You have to be quick!

I will be taking this baby with me to my fall quilting retreat!  I can't wait to see her!

June 28, 2014


I always look forward to putting away the pickle that Granny Ella made. She used the long burpless cucumbers a lot but I like to use the small pickling cukes. This is the BEST tasting sweet pickle ever! And it brings back the memories of me watching granny stirring the salt in her bucket and floating that egg. You have to add pickling salt to your water until a raw egg floats on top.  When it does, you have enough salt.

We will have pickle in about 2 1/2 weeks! yea!

June 22, 2014

Giving Quilts

We have had out of town family this weekend from South Carolina and Pennsylvania.  My father in law's brother and his sister both came for a visit.  Uncle Don has a special place in my heart and I wanted to do something nice for him.  He had a stroke a few years ago and during the winter his leg and foot stay really cold.  So I sent him home with the picnic quilt I made for the previous blog hop to use when he watches television.

When the realization set in that I was giving it to him, he became all smiles.  He was pleased as a little piggy to be taking the quilt home with him.

June 20, 2014

Quilters On A Mission!

Madame Samm has all of us quilters on a campaign to save Riley Blake gingham fabric!  Samm designs for the Riley Blake team and with her last parcel of fabric came a note that they were thinking of retiring the gingham from their line up.  Well, that just will not do!  The quality of their gingham far surpasses most on the market so we cannot let them remove it from their fabric line.  We just simply cannot!
The old addage "There is strength in numbers" is always true and we as quilters can ban together and show Riley Blake just how much we love their gingham.

The Fat Quarter Shop has the small, medium and large gingham in beautiful colors and I plan to order some next week!  Madame Samm has a blog hop idea that will have us all using gingham fabric.  We will be creating 3 projects over the next 3 months and show them on our blog during the September blog hop.

Head on over to Sew We Quilt to check out all of the details!

June 5, 2014

Newborn On The Farm

Hubby started out to the fields and found that we have a newborn on the farm.  So he came back to the house and grabbed the camera.  Enjoy!

Don't forget the Picnic Blog Hop that is going on!

Todays hoppers include:

June 2, 2014

Picnic At Duke Gardens

Today officially begins the Picnic Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's! She tirelessly keeps coming up with such fantastic ideas for these hops and they keep getting better and better!  If you have never participated in one, I think you would really enjoy giving it a try.  I also want to thank Mary from I Piece 2 Mary for her organizational efforts in getting us all prepared for the hop.

Petersboro Baskets and Riley Blake Designs were our sponsors! Thank you! 
We were supposed to choose a perfect spot for our picnic, tell what we might do on a picnic, share what we took along for our meal or snack, and create a quilt to take along.  I think all of that has been taken care of.

Location:  We chose to go to the beautiful Duke Gardens for our picnic.  They are located in Durham, NC only 30 minutes from our home.

When we arrived we started scoping out that "perfect spot" to set up our picnic.  We wanted to have lunch before roaming the gardens so the food would not have a chance to spoil... and because we were a little hungry. It took us about 10 minutes to uncover a hideaway spot just perfect for 2 romantics like ourselves.

Can you see the benches nestled away back there?
Looks like some other romantics found this spot too!
 Menu and Quilt:  We spread our quilt out over one of the benches and sat up our picnic basket.  What is in that picnic basket, you ask?  Well, we all know you need fried chicken for any picnic, right?  Hubby's favorite food in the world is fried chicken. He doesn't get it very often because I cannot fry it too well... the outer crispy coating does not stay on.  This yummy chicken came from Popeye's.  Perfect every time!  And no, that is not wine in those glasses.. it is Coca Cola! ha!
A close up of the quilt showing you that yes, I did use pig fabric... like you all expected! :)  I bought these fabrics in 2009 in New Hampshire when I was on a quilting retreat with 70 friends from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum and they have sat patiently waiting to become something.  This picnic hop was the perfect time to get them out and make them useful.  I made 10 1/2 inch 4-patch blocks and cut 10 1/2 inch  squares from the pig print to create my quilt.  I quilted it with a free hand square spiral.

I actually made it to fit my eating table but once it was finished and I laid it on the table, I am not so sure I want to use it there.  I added the black to make it wider and longer and I just don't know if I like it in the end.  I think I will put it in the charity cupboard and let a sweet child wrap up in it this winter.
What we did:  I will tell you now that I cannot get down on the ground and sit so that is why we are not all snug as a bug sitting on the quilt.  There was a second bench so we both sat there and secretly watched everyone coming and going as we had our lunch.  They never knew we were there. :)

As we were leaving our picnic area, we went down by the pond and mama goose was there with a couple of her babies.  Are they not sweet!
And way across the pond were some Canadian Geese.  We are often visited by Canadian Geese here on our farm... 3-4 days a week, most weeks.  I love to hear them honking when they get ready to fly away.  It always makes me smile.
We started making our way around to the various flower gardens... But first I HAVE to show you this!  Is it not the most incredible water fountain you have ever seen!  I told hubby that I would love to have one just like it and he quickly replied, "well, you better win the lottery". lol

These photos are of some of the flower gardens that we enjoyed today...

And a couple of shots with the picnic quilt once again.. Did you notice that it has pigs on it!
I hope that you have enjoyed our picnic and the gorgeous Duke Gardens!  Thank you for taking the time to come and visit me to see where we went, what we did, and the quilt that I made.

Now it is time for you to move along to the other picnickers for the day!  I am sure their picnics were just as exciting as ours was!

Monday June 2