Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Chicken Christmas, 2010

Yes, Yes, I know this is a Quilt Blog, but must share two new additions to the flock-now just 4 chickens. Introducing Miss Priss and Sister Priss who are 4 month old Buff Orpington's. Not ready to lay yet, but very nice chickens. With this weather they stay inside the coop a lot.

 



The purpose of this picture is my chicken "tip of the day". With below freezing temps I am using an old crock pot set on low to keep the water just right. Saves going to the water feeder every hour or so when the fool thing freezes. Yes, our Delaware's are giving us two brown eggs a day. www.thelittleyellowsewingbox.com  Now, please take the time and check out Jeni's blog from the JC Campbell Folk School class this November. How fun to watch her quilt grow with fabric from all over the world. 

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flag Fun

Using #12 foot made it possible to quickly stitch multiple flags to cording about every 9".

 



Using the new triangle Grid Grip also made it easy to cut out repeated large triangles that just folded over the cording.

 



Is it a car dealership? Maybe it's a circus come to town? 

 



Of course not, it's my hawk protection for the Chicken coop. They are strung between some bird netting and seems to be working. For sure a quilter lives here!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 2010 JC Campbell Folk School

Home from the JC Campbell Folk School where I taught the Real Trip Around the World class. Mine is black and white with bright accents. A cup of tea is a must as I finish this quilt, compliments from Country Stitches, 30 W. Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Check it out when you are that "neck of the woods".

 



The broom class totally fascinated me. It takes strong hands to wrap these brooms. I learned why my brooms at home where not this pretty, including my Shaker Village broom. Never leave your broom outside. I came home and promptly sprayed them with bleach and then once dried I used some vinegar. 

 



Yes, they had fun. Priscilla, Jennille, Debbie, Cathy and Linda are bonded "groupies" and really stitched away every day. 

 



Entrance to the new Blacksmith shop. What a wonderful facility complete with upstairs classroom, library and lecture area.

 



The old, Frances Whitaker blacksmith shop which is being updated and still in use adjoining the new facility. 

 



Note there are empty spaces just waiting for donations. A proud accomplishment for the Folk School.

 



I am proud to have helped with one of the beams inside...in honor of Frances Whitaker (his wife, Portia, took many of my classes) and Charlie Fuller.

 



Jeni and Billy performing for us in the classroom. They write all of their own music and harmonize together for their folk Appalachian songs. 
www.jeniandbilly.com  They traded fabric for music as they toured England this summer. We can hardly wait to see the quilt complete and hanging at their shows. 

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The Real Trip Around the World at JC Camplbell Folk School

A class picture, November, 2010, at the quilt grows. Yes, it is a 3 or maybe 4 bobbin quilt of stitching. 

 



Our Appalachian music star of the class, Jeni, who traded music for fabric while touring England this summer. Every piece holds a memory and a story.

 



Our quilt backs become fiber art with those twirling, flat intersections. Tedious, but well worth it!

 



Somewhere over the rainbow lies a finished quilt top!

 



Carol and Geni laboring away, stitch by stitch and row by row.

 



How great is this to have a design wall and a whole table for every student as you get to watch the quilt grow. 

 



A typical sunny fall day with those gleaming red roofs. So much to learn and so little time. 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More of November, 2010

Grid Grip is BACK! If you have used and enjoyed Grid Grip for designing and stitching it is back. Now, not only the quarter inch grid but equilateral too. 

 



For ease in designing think graph pad and template at the same time. Think coding the block, placing cross over clues across seam lines, cut apart, press onto backside of fabric (noting this will create a mirror image when stitched), cut out templates and stitch together. Peel off templates to be re uses many times.
The best part is that the grid aligns with the grain line of fabric for stable blocks. 

 



With blocks that are symmetrical only 3 templates are needed. One template can cut out several layers of fabric.

 



Just imagine the new possibilities with equilateral triangles. Baby blocks, stars, Grandmother's Flower Garden, etc, Check out ordering this on my Quilt Store link of my web site www.georgiabonesteel.com  Be patient, as my web master is a busy person. There will be 2 sheets each in the package 21" x  30"

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November, 2010

How is this for a pumpkin patch? The focal point for the Country Living 2010 Fair in Atlanta. The last day they raffled it off-one by one. Yes, that is our daughter Amy having a fun day too.

 



We did some damage there as we strolled from one amazing booth to the next. 

 



How cute it this?

 



Amongst all of the imported quilts it was nice to view a Made in America booth. This one by Jeanne Proctor from Ann Arbor, MI sure caught our eyes. AND she made all of the quilts. Guess we know what she does all winter.  (needles_and_threads@yahoo.com)

 



They do this same show in Ohio too. Check it out next year.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall, 2010

Introducing, Miss Puff Ball and Miss Dumb Ball.  These are our two new additions to go with the coop. We have had them for 2 weeks and so far two eggs a day. They are so much fun to watch. I clean the coop daily so no bad odors and the mulch will help the rest of the garden. Miss Dumb Ball does fly over the electric fence and also does a strange thing--she drops her egg from the roost. So, I have to keep plenty of straw underneath or maybe I should slip in some batting for a soft landing. 

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Fall, 2010 continues

Happy Hour cabin and offices greet everyone upon arrival at The Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

 



Pretty tense situation here as the colts get branded each season. It's a real "cowboy" thing and awesome to watch. It only hurts a minute!

 



Here's Kelly at that Yarn Shop off Main Street, Bozeman, MT. Pretty clever how they decorate the railing into their awesome shop. 

 



By the way, do not miss Quilting In the Country shop owned by Jane Quinn in Bozeman, MT. So much to see in her two buildings with ideas and fabric everywhere. I use her cook books weekly and enjoy the great recipes. The gardens are certainly worth a walk around. Must be the mountain air that makes everything grow big and plentiful.  www.quiltinginthecountry.com  

 



Just look at those hollyhocks!

 



Wash day was never like this. Much better use for containers.

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Fall, 2010 update

Reporting in from The Ranch, The Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, MT. Another beautiful week full of hikes, quilting and riding. Once again, even though quilting was the subject we learned from the students. Pat came with this adorable little rope basket wound with beautiful, colorful ribbon so we had a lesson after a trip to the yarn shop in Bozeman. My granddaughters will love this one.

One again, Pat stole the show with her patchwork cover for her Bernina to carry on board. Yep, no zippers or velcro. She just sews it up every time with the threads showing. The security people did not have the heart to make her undo the stitching. A little travel tip. Ahhh, loving hands at home does it again!


Here are the instigators, Charlotte Warr Andersen, Kelly Kelsey and myself on a stroll down to the stables. 



Julie auditioning her border material for her stable.

 


Nancy made her own barn quilt block according to her own ranch at home, why not?


Pat cozy up by the fire.



This years project inspired by the Quilt Trails in NC. Yes, I have certainly been barn sided. Hope you have enjoyed that web site and peruse it often as Barbara Webster is always updating things. They are getting ready for another road rally.  www.quiltrailswnc.org

 


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

blot, Summer, August 2010

 Great new ceramic birdhouse in the shape of a little outhouse. A real special year round birdhouse that can tolerate cold weather. Compliments of Jon Carloftis who just gave a wonderful lecture for Historic Flat Rock, Inc. Check him out at www.joncarloftis.com What a wonderful, talented landscape gardener. His new book on Kentucky gardens is a must. 

 

Have you ever seen anything so pretty? This is my peach honey cooking away on the stove. South Carolina peaches, oranges, lemon and of course sugar make this so special. My Mother's favorite summer time recipe. All quilters get to cook once in awhile. 

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Orlando, FL airport

One never knows when patchwork will pop up. Great patchwork kimono's in the Orlando, KL International Airport

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Hobo Ball

My contribution to the charity Hobo Ball at Connemara, the Carl Sandburg home. The smaller version called Seminole Skies from the book, Patchwork Potpourri. "It says: It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself; and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and ask: Who am I: where have I been and where am I going?"  by Carl Sandburg

 



The beginning where mountains and sky come together with accent strips connecting the two segments. It is a piece and re-piece method.

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