Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beat the Heat 2016

Colored Block Hooked Rug
From the book, Comfort Zone
by Maggie Bonanomi

Beat the Heat 2016 is just around the corner--July 16.  Instead of doing what I usually do waiting until the last minute I decided to get proactive and choose my project instead of waiting until the night before the event to start planning it.

I have all these left over worms from previous projects and wanted to use them up.  Words from Grandmother waste not, want not.  I also have re purposed wool from Goodwill.

Maggie Bonanomi is one of my favorite designers--love her primitive style and she never fails to give me inspiration.

Maggie did not disappoint and I found this rug in her book, Comfort Zone.  Ahhh, primitive and a way to use up my left over worms and re purposed wool.

I located my sharpie, tried as best I could to draw the 6" squares on the straight of the linen fabric.

The rug reminded me of one of the quilts I saw at the Paducah Quilt Show in April.

And this rug from the March Madness Hooking event in Franklin.

Now to locate my hook and pull some loops.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Annie Magnolia (aka Anne Pennsylvania Peacock)

Little by Little, Anne Pennsylvania Peacock
NPI Silks
??? Linen
Gulp!  Sometimes life takes precedence over stitching.  You know those things like a super busy work schedule, family commitments,  removing poison ivy from the garden and marathon netflex watching.  Okay maybe not the netflex viewing.  Annie Magnolia has not been forgotten, she's just been on the back burner. 

Slowly, progress is being made.  The wisteria has bloomed (the name I have given to the purple flower Annie is smelling).  Annie has a house (some color changes from the original) with a luscious green lawn.  The birds have found a home and the naked tree is beginning to leaf. 

All of the big elements of the sampler are in place.  It is now time to add the personalization.  Anne Pennsylvania Peacock will be changed to Annie Magnolia Jackson, I will be adding the name of the community where Annie lived along with Tennessee instead of Pennsylvania and I will be adding Annie's birthdate.  Then onto the border--there may be some more color changes.

To the back of the framed piece I have written information about Annie which has been shared with me by family members.  When Annie is all finished she will be shipped to Arkansas and will live with AppleJack's daughter and granddaughter. 

About Annie's face and head--it is painted and will be mounted to acid free card stock and glued to the completed piece.  At the last stitch-in there was a lively discussion about this.  Seems at one time it was fashionable to paint the faces and heads to needlework.  The Porcupine Collection of samplers uses this technique.  Please share your thoughts:  add the painted paper face, paint the face and head directly onto the linen, or free hand stitch.

Friday, June 3, 2016

This and That

Oak Leaf Hydrangea is one of my favorites--she never disappoints with her big beautiful cone shaped flowers.

Of course, MopHead Hydrangea are equally beautiful.  Hard to choose a favorite color with the blues, pinks and lavender.

This beautiful blue was hiding in the foliage.

The cone flowers in the curb garden are just beginning to bloom--the bees find them irresistible.

Jackmanii clematis is a very hardy specimen.

It's hard to have a bad day when primroses line your path.

The daylilies are just beginning to bloom.

Next Year, the garden thrives on neglect.  Have been especially neglectful of my gardening duties this growing season.  Several things, people, and situations have been keeping me preoccupied--some good some not so good.  Grandmother Bessie would smile and tell me it's called life.

Time to pull on those big girl gardening britches and tackle that growing gardening list of things to do.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


The phone rang, it was Cousin Billie calling for AppleJack.  

Cousin Billie said there had been a property transaction and the new owners had discovered the family homestead and cemetery.  This is all that remains of Great Grandfather's home.  The stones used to build the chimney were most likely found on their property,

The property and especially the cemetery has been neglected for years.  

Work has begun to clean up the cemetery and reclaim it from the snakes, chiggers and ticks.  On what a treasure of family history!

Sunday, May 22, 2016


With our list in hand AppleJack and I sat off with our things to be accomplished:  Apple Store (my phone died) Macy's lingerie department (someone should have prepared me for the serious price increase in a decent pair of undies) Williams Sonoma for cookie dispenser, baby blanket for a friends new baby, lunch at The Picnic Cafe, new blooming plant to brighten up the dining table, etc.

To avoid the gosh awful bumper to bumper, horn honking, hand jester traffic, we often take detours and side roads.  When I saw these barn quilts hanging on these out buildings, AppleJack slammed on the brakes and we jumped out of the car to take a closer look.  I'm a sucker for HST's.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.  Someone with an appreciation for the past had been collecting advertising signs.

Does anyone remember purchasing this brand of gas?  Or paying this price for a gallon of gasoline?

How about this one?  This one is beginning to show its age.

This was a real blast from my past:  a Farmall tractor.  Growing up on a farm, I learned to drive a tractor before I attended school.  Whether it was hauling hay, picking corn, or grinding feed there was always work to be done.  Our Model H Farmall tractor was a work horse!

Farming was hard work and we were sometimes treated to an RC Cola and a moon pie.  Anyone remember these?  I treated myself to a glass of fruit tea and chess pie from The Picnic.  Sometimes it's good to choose the road less traveled.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Just one Star

Minick and Simpson
Just one Star

Look who is back from the long arm quilter and just in time for Memorial Day and Flag Day and Fourth of July.

Every quilt has a story--In 2010 Moda and Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson challenged quilters to make "just one star" for the brave men and women who have made great sacrifices for our country.  

From AppleJack, my Father, Grandfathers, uncles, cousins and all the way back to Grandfather Shultz who was in the Revolutionary War there are many men in my family who have served to protect and defend this country.

These stars are for them.  Once again, Susan, the long armed quilter did a fabulous job with the quilting.

For the backing, I found this fabric which told the story about the Battle of Gettysburg.  Such a sad story, a reminder about the Uncle and Grandfather who fought in this battle.  Because of all the wording and photos in the fabric it was a real challenge to match the pattern for the needed width.  Once again, I'm glad I took the time.

I did not have enough length in the Gettysburg fabric so off to my stash.  The red fabric reminded me of the colorful sashes the officers wore around their waists and the darker fabric is photos of the officers.

Just One Star so much work and so worth the time and effort.

It is a rather cool day in Music City--temps in the 60's--perfect quilting weather.  I'm cracking the whip on myself to get the North and South quilt set, change the decorations from spring to red, white and blue, pull weeds, and a trip to Holly Lobby and. . . 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Blackberry Winter

Cathedral Windows from the Shaker Museum

We are having Blackberry Winter in Tennessee.  Blackberry Winter is a cold snap which happens in the late spring when the blackberries are blooming.

The nighttime temps are quite low and AppleJack sends me searching for an extra quilt to throw on the bed.

There is nothing like sleeping under a quilt

Sometimes when I am matching designs in fabric for the backing I ask myself if it is worth the extra time and effort and then I look at Harry Tyler's lion.

I ask myself the same question when I am making HST's

Tumbler quilts 

Today, another day of Blackberry Winter, I will keep warm by sewing together the many blocks of my North and South quilt.