Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scrap Wednesday

I will be joining SARAH today with an attempt to tame my scraps.  I have several projects that are long term - because when you work small blocks, you have to make a lot more blocks.

The usual suspects have been out into the light of day.  I've done a count on each of these project with a rough idea of layout for how many I need.  The Temecula Geese (2.5" x 4.5") are getting close as well as the plaids (2.5" sq with 1.5"x2.5" strip.  The H blocks (1.5" sq with 1.5" x 3.5" strip) have a long way to go.  

The Puss-in-the-Corner are half the way - again 1.5" getting used.  I don't think I ever showed that I was working another Postage Stamp quilt - I'm using 2" squares.

See - everything tiny, but I am in my element with these.  They give me comfort as I chain them thru the machine.  And I love all that fabric scrappiness when they are all together.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Making 5/22/17

Being refreshed from taking a weekend for some ME time, I am ready to start something new.  I will be joining BETH for some Monday Making.

While doing some cleaning out, I came across this huge pile of left over layer cakes of 'Circa 1892' by Howard Marcus @ Moda.  I remember making blocks with a QAL (those passed on) and actually found some blocks with this pile that were probably with another QAL (those passed on).  

I use this pattern a lot with left over JR strips, but will work just as well with these.  I call it a  'woven' block, but I've heard it referred to as a 'tile' block.  And you can change size with smaller or larger strips/scraps/yardage.

Just like making the beginning of a log cabin block - and then those four units get stitched together.  Very quick block.  

I'll be adding a flip corner over those whites to add a secondary pattern when these are put together (easier than making HSTs).  These just chain so nicely thru the machine.

And speaking of Jelly Rolls and Moda - check out the Project Jelly Roll over at Moda for National Sew A Jelly Roll Day.  I participate in a lot of designer and fabric contests - just for fun.  Looking for something to inspire using those hoarded JRs?

We have more rain - good day to sew,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mish & Mash

I know so many areas have been hit hard with wild weather.  We had several storms roll into our area Thursday night.  Awful lightning strikes, heavy rain, and gusting winds.  I was at an event at our local library when the first one came thru and a ground strike hit right behind us.  Every pin, bolt, and rod in my body felt it.  I got home before the next round came thru,  but still feeling the affects today.

What is one to do when a bit 'jittery'?  BLOCKS!!  I made up my four little green piggies for RSC17.  This pattern is just so stinkin' cute and so easy to make.  These are thanks to the very clever Sally Trude.

The next block for the Patchwork QAL came on on Wednesday, so I thought I better get busy with those.  A cute signature block.

These are small blocks and very quick patterns.  Six  of each pattern are now done.  

The next step to the mystery - Two Step - came out and these worked up quickly.

The sub units are all made and we are starting to make the blocks.  This is one block and next month I am sure the next step will be the assemble of the other sub units for the second block.

My furkids spent the day napping.  Momma was gone when that storm happened so we were extra frazzled - home alone and big boomers!!   Bella in the wheelchair - I think it is time to get rid of that pillow (wet kitties) and the chair donated

Moe was muddy as well as wet when I got home - he must have hidden under the old smoke house during the storm.  He still has a bit of 'dirt' about him - hates to be brushed.  Of course, napping on my newest FQ Bag Lady project so that will need a good cleaning.

I will be taking Saturday for some ME time.  I am heading HERE for the day for their Spring plant sale and heritage plant tour.  I'm hoping to treat myself to some new plants.

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I'll be joining SARAH today in my ever ongoing attempt to tame my scraps.  Today will be a work day on my three main projects with scraps.  When you make tiny blocks, you have to make a lot more blocks

The plaid blocks, puss in the corner, and those flying geese!  The quilt underneath - a scrap project that traveled for two years to demonstrate hand quilting.  Not a lot of quilting got done on it as I do a lot of talking when I do those travel demos.  This quilt is getting finished off - by machine - and will be one of the Wounded Warriors gifts during a December ceremony.

Today's weather - beautiful!!!  So I will be sure to out for a bit.

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday Making 5/15/17

Share What You Are Making

After a weekend of hand stitching and a very sore finger (I don't use a thimble), I am ready to join BETH with some real 'making' and get those creative juices flowing again.

This was my focus fabric ("Daphne" by Skipping Stone Sudio for Clothworks) for that secret sewing project.  Bits of dusty pink and green and blue were pulled.  Now I have a pile of left overs that I don't want to tuck away and forget.

As you can see, it's not a big pile so I will have to be rather creative with the right project.

I had a lot of corner cut-offs to make some pinwheels with the Bleeker Street directions.  Since I am not doing that quilt full size, but using parts for making minis - we shall see what I can come up with.

Sewingly Yours,

Slow Sunday Stitching 5/14/17

Slow Sunday Stitching

Would you believe that with all they hype in advertising, I forgot today was Mother's Day!  Somehow I was thinking next weekend, not today.  It's just another day here on the hill, so I will be joining KATHY for a slow day.

I still need to get Gertrude finished - she just needs her pearl necklace attached.  But - I need to move on with May's FQ Bag Lady.  I chose to work on Thelma because she is lighter colored for a Sping look.  Although, I think Spring is alluding us here in the NorEast.  I see she is bringing the cookies to this meeting - hope it is chocolate chips (been craving).

Happy Mother's Day,
Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scrap Wednesday .... & Thursday

After all that secret sewing and then the traveling events, my machine was so happy to see me for some down right chain piecing scrappy play that I think it cried!!  Twenty of the plaid blocks got made.  I'm not even counting other than to sew 10 pin together, sew another 10 if I feel like it and pin the group.  Into the bucket they go.  I'm sure when the growing piles of 10 fill that bucket, I will have enough.

Then I tackled the geese for the Temecula project.   Again I work groups of 10 and pin together.  Twenty dark geese and twenty light geese off into their respective container with the 'flock'.  They out grew their container, so I did a count (see that little slip - 300).  They are in a larger tote now because I need a LOT more.

Then on to the Puss in the Corner blocks - an attempt to tame the 1.5" squares and skinny strips of whites.  Again those groupings of 10 to join the rest in that container.

So 80 blocks for a day's work.  Love working tiny, but you have to make a lot of blocks!!

Thursday I switched gears (and made more coffee to settle myself) - large blocks!  The next Solstice block.  I changed to working this in strips rather than all those HSTs.  I love HSTs, but this was more practical.  I'm really wanting this one to wrap up soon.  Winter's over - well it is suppose to be, but we had snow Sunday and Monday.

When I pulled the Solstice work tote, this bag of gifted fabrics scooted off the shelf.  This is Pam Buda's "Antique Cotton" line for Marcus fabrics.  I saved that free pattern that came in one of those magazine subscription flyers.  A QOV pattern and our quild is making quilts for the Wounded Warriors winter sports day at Ski Windham in December.  I plan to donate three quilts - one is done.  These will work wonderfully with this pattern.

I hope to have half of the blocks done before the weekend with the rest kitted up to work as a leader ender project.  The weekend I want free to concentrate on some neglected handwork (and neglected housework).

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Barns # 3 - 4 - 5

You may have gotten a sneak peek of this poor little thing yesterday.  This use to be the smoke house on the farm.  Even though protected by the large old mill barn, the wet from the cliffs behind have made a run-off thru this poor thing over time.  Her age is telling!

She certainly isn't safe to venture into and basically gets to sit out in her final resting place.

She doesn't look so bad from the back though.  This has become a safe home for our family of woodchucks and occassional skunk (the chucks chase them off).

And if you turn directly around, this barn sits.  They clustered barns to make working from area to the next a little more efficient, but you can immagine what a fire hazard this set-up was.  

So what is this barn's purpose?  This was the original Hops barn.  One of the 'lives' of this farm was a very successful Hops Farm.  If you don't know about Hops, you can read this historical artical HERE.  We have several local breweries that are trying to bring back hops into the valley.

I knew this old gal as the shavings shed.  When the farm became a mill, the shaving from the planers were blown into this barn.  We used it for our own bedding of the milk cows as well as a couple of local farms came to get truck loads.  On a hot, humid day - this was the worst job to do!!  You breathed it, melted into your eyes, ate it, wore it!!!! 

You may have caught this little shed.  This is the old milk house back when milk was shipped in cans.

She sits over a short well as the cans were placed in the cool waters to keep the milk until pick up.  There were several wells on the farm, but they have all since been filled, capped and covered.  We were on the 'out skirts' of town and now that town is our neighbor and the farm is on village water and sewer lines.  Along with the new pipe-line system of milking now, this is also part of why there is no dairy here any more.

So that's our little cluster around the mother ship.  

I had a travel day for a Quilters Hall of Fame meeting and then today is a review of tonight's program for my own local guild - haven't touched my machine in days.  Wednesday she better be ready!

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Barn # 2

I have finished up my special project, but need to reorganize and set up for my regular stitching functions.  We are in a very cold, extremely rainy, and horribly windy weather pattern right now.  BUT - I ducked out inbetween storm fronts to grab some photos of the next barn.  You've seen this one a lot as it sits across from my porch.   

This Grand gal has quite a history!

"The Schoharie Valley originally was settled by Palatine German immigrants in 1712, and was considered the frontier of colonial New York for much of the eighteenth century. The area became the seat of bloody conflict between Loyalist and Patriot neighbors during the American Revolution, and much of the rich agricultural region was devastated by the war. Upon conclusion of hostilities, the area that would become Schoharie County was made a part of Albany County (1788), governed from Albany without local representation. Seeking to remedy this situation, local citizens submitted numerous petitions requesting that a separate government be established for the Schoharie region. Acceding to these requests, the New York State legislature passed an act formally establishing the County of Schoharie effective June 1, 1795. The first meeting of the county's judges, justices and supervisors was held December 16, 1795.  The first court sessions of the new county were held in the Ingold wagon barn located south of the present village of Schoharie."     resource *  LivingPlaces

From a horse/carriage barn to a court house.  I'm sure she had other 'lives', but I knew her as the Lumber Mill for many years.  We had three different size lumber planes in this Gal and ran timber thru her for many years - for the farm itself and for other companies.

The North end with the door for pulling 'milled' boards out and onto waiting trucks.  Again the thick base which you can see is telling age and wear.

Full of those wonderful huge hand-hawned post and beams.  I didn't go upstairs - those old ladder step types, but I do remember the old jail cells up there as a kid.  The have since been removed and I don't remember which museum they reside in now. 

A few of the planing belts are all that is left of this part of the girl's past life.  She's been used to house parties, garage sales - but really just another storage barn.  You may have caught glimpses of other barns around her and I will share them next time.

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Barn # 1

Since I can't show what I am working on, I thought it would be a good time to share all of our barns with you.  Many have asked, so here is a walk about for Barn One which use to be three barns attached.  Yeah, back in the day they just stuck something new on - just like the house was built, too.

So why the apple tree?  Well we have to walk past it and I am so happy to see this tree in such bloom (and full of bees).  I bought this and some other miniature fruit trees (the didn't make it) for my Dad after our big tornado took down our large, mature apple orchard.  My Dad was a master wood worker and outdoorsman.  The loss of the trees was very sad for us.  This clearly was labeled wrong - not a miniature at all!

The South end of the Barn.  A massive beauty (English Barn) that has weather many years and many storms.  If her wood could talk.  It was originally used for equipment storage and has an old grainry area.  The top was to store lumber - this was once a lumber milling farm.

This is the East side.  This barn is so massive, it was hard to fit her in a frame as far as I could bet back.  Love the old glider doors (heavy boogers) and the old hardware.

We are walking to the North end and my brother planted a dozen miniature apple trees , but sadly only four have survived as the wind that whips around this corner just has taken it's toll.  We lost our wind break tree lines,  300+ year old Maples and Spruce with the tornado, too.  These little gals serve as providers for our deer herd that come to bed down behind this massive barn most summer evenings.  **The small white buildings do belong to our neighbors**

The North End and you can see how the wind is taking a toll on the siding.  That rather change in wood and pattern, a section of this barn was removed and donated -  I will explain later.

Now we come around to the West side.  As you can see, the foundation is also taking a toll from it's years and massive weight.  BUT those foundations are about 3 feet thick.  Not sure when they were added, but I remember them always being there.

Inside - those massive hand-hewn beams are a wonder and probably were cut right from the farm.  We steel braced her due to the weight of storing lumber in her upper floor - I was real young when this was done, but vaguely remember.

And just because I thought this was an interesting pattern of post, beam, and warn wood.  This discribed this old barn in so many ways!

OK, this is the barn that was removed from the North end of Barn One.  This is an Old Dutch design and it was used for our Hay Barn for many years.  It now resides at the Old Stone Fort as part of their 'structural' period display.  The closed right hand side door opened into another barn which is now in Conneticutt.  It was an Old German design  with a wood silo attached (now photo of that one) - our milking barn.  See, they just added on with the time and heritage of the valley. 

Thank you for taking this walk about with me.  I will share more of our barns during the week as I strive to finish this project.

Sewingly Yours,