Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stars Upon Stars Finish

It was a big day on the farm on Monday.....oh you didn't notice?

A little squealing with delight was happening about 4 PM and a small photo shoot with the light dimming in the winter sky.

There was a party of one happening....as I sewed the last stitches on this beast.


This has been going on in the background of my life for the last 18+ months and it was a butt-kicker!!!


But it is a stunner.....not going to lie!  With every block I added to the mother-quilt.....it has been a love affair with the fabrics, the design and the colors!  Trust me the pics don't do it justice!


The block above is probably my least favorite.....but every block has a role to play....it is amazing to see how fabric placement makes every block have a look of it's own.  One block is 12" and is 250 pieces.....now just wrap your mind around that fun factoid!


Here we are in all our glory.....now to figure out how to quilt this!  I will be machine quilting it......it is solid seam allowances on the back and very heavy for no bigger than it is.





I made a 2 part video on Monday as I was finishing it.  The quality is not that great and I should have put the camera above me and showed my and hands and workspace instead of me! Lesson learned! 





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

I always have enjoyed this sweet little holiday in February......after the Christmas decorations come down.....the house always looks a little sad and all those red and pink hearts just fit the bill and brighten things up until spring starts to appear.


A box full of hearts from a lot of special people over the years.....be still my beating heart!

A wonderful hybrid valentine book (one of Heidi Swapp's)  full of vintage images and family photos.


This such a cute picture from 2012.......it's on the refrigerator at the moment too.  Some of the grands several years ago with big  lips.....that are whistles!  Too fun!


In honor of our 45th anniversary......a few memories and a memento or two of that time!
The bride and groom dolls were from my Great-grandma Rose Weaver......she always had this set with the bridesmaids too.  I put out the bridesmaids at Easter because they are all dressed in pastels.  The candle, blue ceramic bucket, the bell, sugar flowers off our cake.......all from our wedding day.  The two hearts in counted cross stitch was from our friend Jan on our 10th anniversary.  It was so cool to take Lizzie's photo shoot of us and make them into a book.  The quilt on the wall was a gift from my Sadie Quilt Group, back in the day for my birthday.  I LOVE that quilt. 





I am just getting over being sick and watched more videos and tv for hours.....so much so I was sick of that too.  But one of the fun videos I caught was from Missouri Star Quilt Company and this cute, fast heart piece and I had just the fabric to do it with. Missouri Star Heart Quilts


The cool thing about this piece....the background is all done from the same charm pack, I just turned them over and have the wrong side face up......they become this wonderful muted background that fits so well with the front.  Clever!

The right side of the fabric becomes the wrong side!



The finished top....that won't get quilted by tomorrow, but there is always next year and it's always fun to crank out a finish in a short period of time!


Happy Valentine's Day and show love to your friends and family!




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pioneer Woman and our 45th Wedding Anniversary

The Silver Fox and I love to go on road trips.....it doesn't happen near enough.....we took a few days in January to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.  We spent a day in Pawhuska, OK and the stomping grounds of Ladd and Ree Drummond.


The landscape was beautiful and was very rolling with lots of cattle, cowboys in pickup trucks pulling their horse trailers, and small ponds for watering holes were in abundance.

I had no idea what to expect, but since we were there on a cold Monday in January it was fine, we were able to visit and eat without waiting.....wonderful!




The dining area is L-shaped.....it goes to the right and around the corner in the picture with the kitchen and barista coffee bar straight ahead.

If you came on a busy day and I am assuming once the weather changes it will return to that, you would be standing outside where the windows and the line heads down the street for hours we understand.



Oh the dishes.....some of these were china and some are plastic.....can you tell which are which?


I loved the idea of this fabric map of all the states.  Might have to do something with that idea......


This is the bakery area on the second floor....we didn't happen to buy any pastries, but everything looked wonderful....lots of subway tile you can see.



Where else would you take a picture in the ladies bathroom.....it was beautiful!

Walking down the staircase and looking toward the backside of "The Merc."  Just beautiful!  


Looking toward the front of the store and the beautiful entryway.....with the restaurant just at the right.


The coffee bar and where the barista stood waiting to take your order.  It was pretty quiet the day we were there.


This is from our table looking back into the kitchen.


We shopped before we had our lunch and we shopped after we had our lunch.....oh darn!  There were items at every price point, if you only wanted to spend a little you could easily do that.....it just might be hard to narrow down your decision.  I thought the variety of things they had in the store was just wonderful.....we both had a good time looking at everything.


Love this wall....in the dining area, right by where we sat!  Chippy, peely paint.....just my style.


What wonderful food and everything we saw that came from that kitchen looked amazing!  Jeff had lasagna and said it was the best he had ever had.  He had one bite, it was stellar!



Entering "The Merc"


Our lunch menu.....a delightful menu of choices and the prices were very reasonable.


We shared a creme brulee for dessert!  What a decadent and delightful treat!


My lunch choice was brisket with mashed potatoes, tasty.....I never met a potato I didn't love!  Yum!


We had a delightful day here and enjoyed it all!  We were not able to visit the ranch that day, but would be something to consider planning on, if your visit was timed right.  We would certainly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Farm Still Life

I have been wanting to take some photos lately of some of the various scenes around the farm.....most of them are using various vintage pieces that interest me and set them with plants or flowers around the yard.

Some of them are falling apart......which is what happens when they are old pieces anyway and get abused by the elements for years......hope you enjoy a walk back in time.



I have a bucket full of these.....brass number tags that you would put on your cows to keep track of them for records.


One of my favorite things to do at my Grandma Kullmer's house was to feed the calves when they were little.....there would have been a big nipple coming out the front of this bucket, where the hole is and you would have the milk supplement all mixed in the bucket and hang it on the gate and try and make sure that your calf got his food and not the bully in the pen.....there was always that one that thought he should get ALL the food.


These metal wheels were before my time.....although I think we had a couple old implements when I was little that still had their metal wheels.  I have always loved them and saved everyone of them.


Metal wheels and barn doors.....can't have too many of those.  A couple years ago.....I went to a nearby ditch and the Silver Fox dug up some grass.   The kind that get huge in the fall and have these beautiful silver plumes on them.  One clump of that grass went here......framing a milk can and a big circle gear, I liked the look of.


We have a shed that lost it roof about 18 months ago......we started taking down the west wall of it last week.  This has been here on the NW corner of this building long before I was ever around.  I really think it was used to tie up horses......but who knows.  This was partly why I wanted to take these pictures.  This will be going away.....I am hoping to harvest some of the wood to line the cabin.


Chippy, peely, weathered and worn.....


I pretty much saved all the metal gates and have them several places.....the corner post.


These panel are the sides of a wooden wagon that dad used for years....it still has some paint left on it and we used it to cover up our propane tank in the back yard.  The yellow lilies are from my Grandma Kullmer.


Several years ago we had a direct lightning strike on the house.....that then hit the ground and went up two trees in our back yard.....a red maple and an English walnut.....they are deeply scarred from it.
The red maple puts out these huge pieces of what I would call fungus every year.


These things are humongous and funky.....they drop off going into winter and grow again in the spring.


More benches, pots, branches, barbed wire, doors and a chicken feeder for good measure.


Then we have a collection of other people's landscaping discards.....this place has odds and ends from family ripping out old stuff and it's found a new home here.


How about an old mower.....how would you like to mow the yard with that???  Not so much.  Kraft advertising sign for chicken feed with another chicken water and chicken crossing sign from my mother-in-law.....Florence Lesh......who had a chicken collection of sorts.


Flowering in the garden right now is my lavender which I moved from the kitchen garden and a rock garden type plant.  My Grandma Kullmer always had a garden spot that was mine and it had pretty rocks in it and rock garden type plants.....I have several varieties of those and they were all from her.  She always had Hen and Chicks too.....love them.


Here are some lilies just starting to come out around the old tiller.....these lilies happen to travel from Quad Cities and the Carruthers house on the cul-de-sac.  The yard was full of flowers and they didn't want the upkeep of all of that and ripped most of it out.....so I brought several clumps of them home and they have been happy here ever since.


Hope you are having a great summer!  And thanks for stopping by.....


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Graduation Quilt 2017

Behind the scenes and other projects going, I have been working on Lizzie's graduation quilt for several months.  She told me she wanted a red and gold quilt to represent Iowa State University, but not Iowa State fabric.  So we deliver!

At least I knew that much while we were in Arizona this winter and was able to buy a bunch a fabric at SAS while we were there......at a crazy price of $2.99.  I might have brought home a lot, just sayin!  But I was so glad for what I found, I used ALL of it in her quilt.....didn't use it ALL up.....but it is all in there. Love getting the backing and borders for $2.99.....can't beat that!

I designed it in Electric Quilt after we got home from Arizona, with several variations and Poppo picked the one he liked best....it was a good choice.  I am sharing the file for your personal use only if you have EQ.  This pattern is NOT to be sold.  Lizzie's Graduation Quilt

We did a little video clip when I was doing the final machine quilting.....just for fun.







We gave the quilt to her on Memorial Day!  This is such a happy looking quilt and it is going to a happy girl too!


What can I say.....it is a string quilt.....made with tons of different fabrics.  Just my kind of thing.  I included lots of picture type fabrics.  Also included the satin designer strap from her prom dress, a cute clothing label I had cut out of one of my shirts that said "Living Doll", a seam binding type tape from Moda that wrapped a bundle of fabric......all the things that make a scrap quilt extra special.


We were fighting the wind to get a decent picture.....oh well, did our best!


Machine quilted with red thread for another layer of dimension over the top.  I can see music fabric, John Deere, fruit, frogs, hearts, school penmanship, suitcases.....what can you find?


I did a special photo label for her!
May this quilt wrap you in love from Poppo & Mommo!

I know the plans I have for you......Jeremiah 29:11