Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ho Ho Ho

 This is another 2 fabric quilt for Sue. 
 A centered flower in each melon block. 
This is for Susan
Now I am going to spend the rest of the holidays sewing a quilt together. Its a gift , one of 4 I need done by graduation. Once I get some blocks sewn together ,I will add some real photo's but here is the Electric Quilt Version . 

7 shopping days left ! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Support Small Business this Christmas

Check out Jennifer Jangles Blog this week for my give away on her blog.
and friend me on Facebook 
There was an artist sale in Danielsville ,2 weeks  ago and I had a booth. There was not much room to display the quilts and traffic was low. It did at least make me look hard at what I do have to sell an price it. My goal in 2013 is to get an Etsy Shop set up. I am hoping to teach some classes both at Wild Child Art and Quilt Shop in Watkinsville. There is a tentative Fabric Dyeing class there on Jan 19th. Anita Heady's place off of Tracy Street is another favorite place of mine. I have a fun class , 3 QUILTS FROM 3 YARDS that makes 3 crib sized baby quilts in a flash.
 This is a 70 x60 totally flannel quilt . It is a derivation of the One Nation Block.
and I call this quilt Flannel Nation.  $500.00 
 Small year 'round ornaments , made from hand dyed fabric $3.00 each 
 Small Zippered Bags made from a small hand dyed quilt top. $9.00 
 Baby Quilts $35 each
 Wall Hanging of hand dyed fabric $65
 Wall Quilt of hand dyed trapunto $45
 Table Runner $58
 Table Runner $38
 Table Runner $55
 Celtic Wall Quilt , Hand dyed fabric $125.00
 60x70 pieced quilt $759.00

 Small Hand dyed and stamped bags $6-$8 
 Merry Christmas Wreath 30" square $65.00 
 30" square wall quilt , hand dyed fabric and Celtic Knotwork 
 Small Baby Quilt (Flannel) $38.00

 Full or Twin Sized Quilt. All hand dyed fabric $900.00

 Log Cabin Twin $700
 Small Zippered Quilt Bags $9.00
 Contact me for more pictures and for shipping costs. 
Happy Shopping to one and all! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

 Sorta fell offline for a while. Nothing like a new baby calf to prod me to post some pictures. It has been maddening to have 3 cows go so much longer than the others. Not sure of this cuties name ,  if I get 2 more , they will be "Its" "About" and "Time" Lots of quilts quilted and lots of sewing I need to do to have something to sell at the Artist Festival in Danielsville on November 10th. So forgive me for letting the pictures tell the story.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jennifer Jangles

hey all , check out the button to the right on my blog , and click on it to go to Jennifer Jangles blog. She has a great giveaway starting today ! I really have to go and check the cows and ride my horse. I told Jennifer the importance of carving out some time for "self" . It is hard to do because we look like we are having so much fun already. Look out Julie and Sugar , one of you is going under saddle by 8.30 , 9 at the latest.

Monday, September 17, 2012

12 and counting

This is Mary Ann Ginger. She looks like someone painted her face with a brush .

 This is Mary Ann and her mama, Ginger.
This is Roman Houdini , he seemed to just appear  in the pasture. lol
He seems to be taking a licking.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Taking a Break

Hooray , I actually got some quilting done. The cows are taking a break from calving  so I found some time today  to get my calf and quilt pictures online. This picture is of Sherry's quilt for her nephew , I was inspired to write all over this quilt with the words green, blue , car , truck etc.
I made this table runner for a class I am teaching at Sewcial , Anita Heady's new venture in Athens Ga.
We have 10 calves , not all of them are going to be online but this year I am keeping up with who is who. None of that " oh that's what's her name cow's baby " this year. Right . Check back and see how I am doing on the next 11. This little baby is named Domino by Lyn Leary. She actually wanted to name the last calf Domino but was not able to leave the comment in time. I got an email from Lyn expressing her frustration with Blogger , the same day as this little guy was born!
And we are no longer on a break,
I just found MaryAnn Ginger and Roman Houdini. I swear,  as I heard an ambulance in the distance one of the moms bolted across the pasture to her baby. There is something reasuring that even cow moms worry about their babes. I also see the equivilent behavior from the babies as they dance all over the place with their mothers mooing along behind them.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quilting and farming

Quilting has been sporadic with calves coming and visiting perspective colleges. This piece was just for fun and not a self portrait. I wanted something small and finishable in 2 weeks , I started it on August 12th and sewed down the binding Sept 3rd. Just in the nick of time to take its picture and mail the form off to the Ga Quilt Show. I had fun !!  

 This the 2nd calf born since our Early Bird girl. His name is Solid Vanilla . His mom is Vanilla.
 This is Sunday Twin BullsEye
 I couldn't resist this picture , this is Teddy Bear named after her Teddy Bear Ears ( its a hereford cattle trait ). All I can say is bless her heart.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

And were are off

Found a baby calf this morning and her/his mom may be having twins. Mama wouldn't let me near enough to see little Baby Bulls Eye . Mama Bulls Eye is a bit wall eyed , but I know she meant it when she headed towards me as I came into the pasture.  This cow is black with a white face and a large circle of black right in the middle of her forehead. The dumb thing I did was name her 1st calf Target. Target is long gone but I sometimes call his Mama , Target.  So this calf , whom  I can only tell you about , even though I did have my camera , is black with a mix of a white and black face , just like all the calves last year. Hence , the camera !

Any thought on names ? Thoughts ?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Quilting Days are here again

Just a brief missive from the busy farm. Soon all the 20 plus expected cow babies will be here and then I will be ready to hit the road and teach. I have updated my classes and added an Artist Profile. This little baby is called Early Bird and all the other "mama's to be" are mooing at her .

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What's in your wallet

Happy August and back to school etc !
We are enjoying some very cool temperature for North Georgia ! It is 63 at 6 am instead of 74 !
Tonight I will be sharing the honor of presenting the program at Cotton Patch Quilt Guild with 2 fellow guild members. Hopefully someone will take some good pictures. The program is about using hand dyed fabric . I hope to get down to my barn studio to make a few more wallets and sell them to support the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. My daughter has volunteered there this summer.
Cool temps and some rain just started!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I have always wanted to see one of Hollis Chatelain's quilts.
Thanks to the Ebony Quilters of Atlanta, , I not only saw  Hollis' quilts , I went to her lecture and took her dye painting class. The Ebony quilters of Decatur , a small group of approximately 20 lovely ladies hosted Hollis this weekend.  I plan to stay in touch with this talented group , as I am not fond of traveling so the Houston Quilt Show and the Paducah Quilt Museum are probably never going to happen. 
I love to dye fabric , but have always wanted to learned how the thicken the dye and paint with it. I work better when I am working on something I want to keep , not just a practice piece or one of Hollis' lovely patterns . One of the selling point of this weekend was the class on Sat morning didn't start until 12 , giving me time to drive back over to Atlanta , and get a picture of my  dog,  Biscuit, enlarged to 18 x 20.

Hollis' lecture was very good. I knew a bit about her from magazine excerpts but I didn't know she was a Peace Corp volunteer in Mali . Hollis is someone who learned on her own to piece and quilt and that can be a very freeing experience , no one to censor her method. I can honestly say I had never heard of anyone layering a quilt using foam for batting . I love it  ! Hollis' lecture and love for the African people was very evident . A woman thanked her , said she had never heard anyone speak of her people so lovingly . Sadly in March  , an Al-Qaeda group has over run northern  Mali . At times like this I don't mind that George Bush didn't find any weapons of mass destruction .  Not that an 8 year was very effective.   Knowing about  struggling countries like Mali we can better appreciate our own country and the immigrants who come here seeking refuge.
The dye painting class was fun , Hollis teaches drawing classes and paints her own masterpieces . She is gifted with the ability to break down a process into words not just demonstrating but instructing how to paint a line, leaf , etc. I knew I was in a good place when one of the handout stated that to require perfection is to invite paralysis. I was the only one painting a dog , I have always wanted to turn a photograph into a quilt and I have a lot of dye ! The good news is I don't have to sign up and learn to draw , Hollis suggested I tape the blown up photo on the window and trace the outline on the back , then I was able to lay my fabric on top and trace the outline. Painting that first bit was hard , and of course I was heavy handed with the dye ( the 1st time I made soap I added so much blue soap color that my hand turn blue when I wash with it , this cracked my teacher up.)
thanks  Hollis,  for a new point of view on the art of quilting and on Africa .
Now I just need to rinse out Biscuit and consider how to quilt him. He was the best dog ever , no offense Belle and Lucy and they would say , none taken.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy July 5th

Happy July the 5th. I am going to see fireworks in Hoschton Ga. ( no that is not a typo or a sneeze) tomorrow night so it will be a
Happy July the 6th celebration.

I have been inspired to make a bag out of a couple of jelly rolls that were given to me. Sometimes when I can't sleep I sew strips , I knew it was time to go to sleep when I singed the strip sets. Good thing I didn't know what I was going to make . I have had an old bag of my daughters in my studio for years thinking to use it for a bag pattern. I had to reduce the size of the bag , and I learned a lot ripping it apart. I would rather do this than buy a pattern and have to read instructions.  Plus then I can add pockets and dividers to suit my whims. I cut the strip sets into 1.5" sections and made a sort of a bargello pattern.
Then because it was kinda plain , I cut out the birdie and fused it and a branch to each side of the bag. I hope to work on quilting it some more this afternoon . New Note to self , take all photos as I want them see, Blogger seems to like to flip the photos back to their original orientation.

Make something today !