Archive | December 2014

The December Garden

Winter hit us sooner than normal with freezing temperatures and below zero wind chill. I didn’t complete cleaning up the garden. When we have several days of above freezing temperatures, I’ll attempt to remove the tomato cages and stakes. The carrots weren’t stored either. It is just hard for me to be enthused about the garden when it is so cold out.


The garlic is sleeping under the warm sawdust mulch.


The field radishes are wilting down and will be completely brown by spring. The roots will dehydrate and turn pithy.


The crop fields all look sad with their brown colors and the hayfield isn’t bright green anymore.


My farm chores are mostly morning and evening during the milking time. Winter isn’t my favorite season, but, I do get a lot of quilting time.

One Lovely Blog Award!

I’ve been nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award by A Time to Create. Thank you the nomination, I’m glad you enjoy the blog. Keep working on your quilt and someday it will be completed.


This is a pay-it-forward type thing and the rules are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. List 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate around 15 other bloggers (but I didn’t nominate that many) and let them know about the award.

5. Follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts About Me.

1. I am a Christian.

2. We have 7 grandchildren.

3. I like the crop farming aspect of our farm operation better than dealing with the cows. (The cows are the Farmer’s passion, definitely not mine.)

4. I’ve come to the realization that I’m never going to be able to create all the quilts I would like to make. I need to prioritize my projects.

5. I can’t stand clutter. I’ve been ruthlessly going through drawers and closets, weeding out unnecessary ‘things’.

6. I’m not very computer literate so I am extremely proud I figured out how to display the One Lovely Blog Award symbol without having to call any of my children to talk me through it!

7. Why do I have a blog? I enjoy looking at quilts, both mine and other peoples. I like to talk about my projects and when I talk about them to the Farmer, his eyes kind of glaze over and he says “Uh huh, uh huh.” He’s not interested. This is my way of being able to share about quilts and I welcome your comments. It’s ok though if  you are a lurker.

Another reason for the blog; most people don’t have any idea of what is involved in farming. Farm magazines are always stressing, “Farmers should take time to educate the public” so this is my way of educating the public. Maybe sometimes I share more information than you want, but you have been educated! Just remember though, every farm is different. Just because we operate a certain way doesn’t mean all dairy farms are managed that way.

The blogs I’m going to nominate are:

1. Trikingmomoe’s Blog

2. This Little Place Here

3. Luann from Loose Threads

4. Karen’s quilting

5. Kathy’s Quilts 

I’ve attempted to notify the above blogs about the nomination. I’m not sure if I’ve done the notification correctly or not. Oh well, I tried.

Some blogs I would like to nominate but can’t figure out how to contact them are:

6. Hilda from Every Stitch Hilda is from Australia. Her applique work is exquisite!

7. Keryn from Quilting Twin

8. Mereth from Pages from Me   Keryn and Mereth are twin sisters from Australia who have a longarm quilting business together.

9. Raewyn from Love to Stitch  Raewyn and her husband are dairy farmers from New Zealand which is a much different type of dairying than in northern Indiana. Raewyn also has a passion for quilts and needlework.

I know the list said 15 but these are blogs I enjoy reading the most and I hope you do too.

I’m a curious person and decided to find out what I could about the One Lovely Blog Award, so I googled it and found information here. The earliest time period I could find was a post dated December 6, 2011. They had also tried to track down information and were unable to find where the award originated. Something I found interesting was the number of blogs we are supposed to nominate. Sometimes it was 15, sometimes it was less. Some people were unwilling to participate because of “chain letter” implications and declined the privilege. Most people though, were honored and appreciative of the award.

So to all the followers and visitors, I say “Thank you for reading my blog.”

Since I always have at least 1 picture in my posts, here is a picture I took last summer.


Dear Jane Retreat, Part 2

I’m sure you all have had trouble sleeping at night in anticipation of my great news. This isn’t quite as exciting as Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion mystery quilt but it is thrilling. I’ll get straight to the point (drumroll please) . . . . . . . . . . . I’ve started a Dear Jane Quilt!!! Yes, yes, I know, after all the times I said I was never going to make one of these fiddlely things, I’ve started one!

I sewed these 3 blocks at the Dear Jane retreat. I’m foundation paper piecing the pieced blocks and forgot to reverse the first block I pieced! However, I am not going to redo it: “Better finished than perfect”, right Brenda?

IMG_4987 I’ve simplified my project by selecting 2 fabrics. I’ve always wanted to make a blue and white quilt and I think this Fusions fabric designed by Robert Kauffman is perfect. I’m using a white Bella solid by Moda as my background fabric. I’m on a roll, just 222 more blocks to sew!

The Dear Jane blocks were the project I worked on Friday afternoon and evening at the retreat.

I had planned to do some shopping Saturday morning and leave the Farmstead at 8 am. Instead I appliqued this block (which is Dear Jane block) for a fellow Janiac.


Margaret was one of the original participants/founders of the Dear Jane retreat. Due to health issues, Margaret is no longer able to attend. We were asked to make a block for a quilt which will be given to her when it is finished.

After I completed the block, I left for Caroline’s Cotton Cottage in Rome City. I have been looking for fabric for the border of my brown & blue basket quilt. Caroline came to my rescue and found the perfect fabric. Of course, while I was there, I picked up some other fabrics too.


It was early afternoon when I returned to the retreat. The first thing I did was to sew the borders onto my basket quilt. I was trying to be creative when I took this picture, so I draped the top over the buggy in the lobby.


After I finished the Basket quilt, I sewed an Amish crib quilt I kitted up several years ago. It is based on a picture from Quilts from the Indiana Amish, a Regional Collection by David Pottinger.



And my quilt . . .


The quilting will make it more interesting. I’m not sure what designs I will use.

There wasn’t time to start another project, so I worked on the embroidery project I had brought along.


They will be turned into pincushions eventually. The design came from this book by Gail Pan.


It is very seldom that I purchase a book and actually like every single project!

This final picture was taken Sunday morning. The sewing room is basically deserted except for the ‘locals’. Several years ago Gay very aptly named this “The Sunday morning sadness”.


So now my vacation is over and it is back to work on the farm.