Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lots of Snow and a Little Bit of Quilting

Last night around 9 it started to snow. And it snowed and snowed and snowed.  The last measurement we took before dark today had us at 15.5" of the white stuff. Rotary cutter rulers make very good snow measuring devices.


The road side barn is just about buried in the snow.


I managed to work a little in the studio on the project that is due this week (if we have our meeting - nobody is going anywhere around here for awhile.)  I cut a few strips that I need for some log cabins and took one round off of some already made blocks (they were 8" finished and 6" will work better for this layout.)


Hopefully I will spend less time taking care of animals tomorrow (3 trips up our hill today in the heavy snow just about did me in) and more time in the studio.

Day 8 of the of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Waiting for the Big Snow

Well everyone is tuck in for the night. Now we wait. Chris put up a measuring stick so we could get an actuate reading of the amount of snowfall from the big storm headed this way. If you look closely you will see it is from the now closed Hancock Fabric stores.


If we keep power, I will be sewing all day tomorrow as the fabric I needed to finish a project for Thursday (gulp) arrived in the mail today.  Fingers crossed that the lights stay on!

Day 7 of the of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Road Barn in Snow

One of the pieces I have on display at the Ashe County Arts Council is our old road barn in the snow.  This piece is based on a photo taken in the summer.


The pieces are limited to 12" by 12", so I have had to simplify the quilt and remove things like gates and old wheel rims.

I started with very basic shapes fused on to a semi-solid white background.


Then I added a bit more detail in the snow.  Our county is one of the major producers of Christmas trees and greenery for the country - so I added a few trees and a wreath.


Some simple machine quilting* and a frame from old barn wood made by my husband finished the piece. 


I am linking this post to Off the Wall Friday and is day #6 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.

 *This project is funded as a cooperative venture of Alleghany Arts Council, Ashe County Arts Council, Watauga Arts Council, and Wilkes Art Gallery with support from a Regional Artist Project Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resource.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Just a Few Half-Square Triangles

I managed to get to Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery today - for about 45 minutes.  I am planning to just do a little of each clue and hope that I can at least construct one or two blocks by the end. They might just end up being some orphan blocks or put into something else.  It is at least getting me to the sewing machine!


This is day #5 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Little Yarn Among the Quilting

Six of the reasons I haven't had much time to quilt as much as I would like lately are these guys:


The alpacas are Micha, Rio, Smudge and Speed Bump and the two donkeys are Miss Sophie and Jasper.  We got the donkeys about two and half years ago and the alpacas have been on the farm two years and one day.  Although none of them are terrible time consuming to take care of, they do dictate a schedule to our lives as we feed and water them twice a day.  

The other part of running a fiber farm that takes up a great deal of my time is handling the alpacas fleece.  We shear in early May every year and from our four boys get about 25 pounds of fiber that is turned in to everything from dyer balls to yarn.  After sending out our first fleece to a mill to be processed, we found that it is more cost effective (and satisfying) for a small farm like ours to process it ourselves.  It has been a learning process but I think we are finally getting our routine down.

One of the most enjoyable parts of working with the fiber is spinning. Below are two yarns I spun earlier this year:

Schist - a 50/50 mix of Rio and Speed Bump

Jade - dyed Rio

This is day #4 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.  I hope to be able to get in the studio tomorrow and quilt some before our big storm arrives this weekend (they are saying we might get up to a foot of snow and I have limited heat in the studio - so I might be doing a lot of spinning and knitting in the house starting Sunday!)



Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Augustus

The second rooster portrait I have on display at the Ashe County Arts Council is Augustus, named for Augustus Fink-Nottle in the Jeeves and Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse.  He is a d'uccle and has beautiful orange and brown feathers.



He is the smallest of our roosters but has the biggest attitude (and the biggest voice - he loves to crow morning, noon and night.  It is a good thing we live far out in the country!)

His quilt was made using some hand painted shibori fabric I made several years ago and machine quilted in a similar manor to Emerson's quilt.  

I plan on making more quilts using our chickens - each one has a very distinctive personality and I hope I can convey that in fabric*.



*This project is funded as a cooperative venture of Alleghany Arts Council, Ashe County Arts Council, Watauga Arts Council, and Wilkes Art Gallery with support from a Regional Artist Project Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resource.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Trying to Start a Habit

I am trying to get back to quilting (and blogging) and decided to join the group at Chereyl Sleboda (aka Muppin)  site to do the 31 day challenge,  I count yesterday's post as number 1 and this is post number 2.

I had planned to show pictures of a new fabric purchase (you never have what you need in your stash) but unfortunately the quilt shop I was near today is closed on Monday.  I spent the day driving and shopping and am just too tired to come up with any exciting.  I forget how busy it can be off the mountain.