Friday, April 27, 2012

Dream House and Flowers

We took a ride a couple weekends ago and I had to get a picture of this sweet little place.

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I still dream of the sweet little farm house with lots of flowers, the picket fence, etc.   Wouldn't you love to pass the time while sitting on this wonderful porch, watching the grandchildren play, talking to the neighbors, reading a book, just rocking in the rocking chair and day dreaming????

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I don't think I ever posted the little wall quilt that I made from swap blocks I received back in the 1980's.  It takes me awhile to get things done.  ;-)

swap blocks

I love the basket blocks and am very happy that the color blue is now coming back around for home decor!  Blue has always been a favorite color of mine and I am so happy to have this little piece in my living room.  The shelf is a repurposed thrift store shelf, spray painted black.  I actually stapled the quilt to the shelf edge to make it hang better.  See the horse and carriage weather vane?  This was removed from our very first home when we had a new roof installed.  The house was built around 1940 and I am so happy we saved this piece.  The two wooden spools (I guess that is what they are called).... I can't remember where they came from, but I think my husband brought them to me years ago from somewhere. 

I machine quilted this little wall hanging and learned a lot in the process.  However, there is a rather large area on the back side that didn't sew properly.  I have a lot of loose threads in one area and I'm not sure why.  Lesson learned:  pay close attention to the back while machine quilting!!!  Any advice is welcome!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Highlight of my week

Fun day on the lake with Avery and April.

Papa took Avery for a boat ride!
*Chilling and studying his peanut m&m*

Love this little guy!  His little brother should be making his arrival in less than three months!  ;-)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Quilt Trail Barns

Another fun day in the car with the GPS....looking for these:
I'm so envious of the owners of all these pretty barns that show off their beautiful quilt blocks.
Driving up the driveway to this one... such a pretty place.  I didn't take a picture of it, but this barn belongs to a sweet log cabin style home that sits on the left side of  the property.
Isn't this sweet??  There pretty flower beds throughout this person's yard and I wished I had taken the time to snap more pic's here.
I drive by this one several times a week.  It actually belongs to a new school in our neighborhood and the students worked hard to restore this barn.  The goats belong to the people who own the property on this side of the black fence.  Pretty cool, huh?
This huge barn sits right beside the highway. 
Same barn in previous picture....side view. 
I really like the block on this barn.  (click pic. to enlarge)
I like the blue and orange colors in this block, too. Keep scrolling, as I have saved the best for last:
We just happened to be snapping the first picture when the owner returned home from church.  She insisted we come on up to the house and see things a little closer.
Isn't this the sweetest cabin?  The owners had it moved their property approx. 10 years ago, from a location very near to my own home.  Darn! I wish I had gotten there first!!!

This sweet lady, Mrs. Ann, insisted we come inside the cabin for a closer look.  She uses this as her get away spot, just to enjoy the peace and quiet.  She brought her daughter's elementary school class here this past year during the Christmas holidays and read Christmas stories to them.  She is a quilter, belongs to no guilds....quilts because she likes to quilt.
This bed is in the loft area that she and her husband added to the cabin.  The quilt on the bed is store bought; she said she can't leave her 'real' quilts out where the mice might find them. 
And this was the 'modern' side of her property.  This is another place that I wish I had taken more pic's.  She had lots of cute flower bed areas, with lots of antique pieces tucked here and there. 
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quilt Trails

I've always wanted to travel to the western part of our state and tour the Quilt Trails of Western NC.  There are over 200 quilt barns to see, making it the largest concentration of blocks and barns in one area to see in the USA. 

So, imagine my surprise when I realized that here in Randolph County , my little section of the state, we have our own developing Quilt Trail in progress.  Adding even more to my surprise,that  this one is located just a few miles from my house and I drive by it everytime I go to and from work!

Here's another picture showing more of the scenery.  I am not sure if you can click to see it  close up, but if you can, see if you can see what is in the center of the block.  You will see what kind of farm this is!
Next is this one; located approx. 5-6 miles from my home.  I had two sweet  doggies to greet me here and I had to give lots of sugars before I left.   This barn is located in a beautiful farm area.

Front view of the same barn...isn't it pretty?

This one is located approximately 10-12 miles from my house.  The barn isn't as impressive to see, but the block is beautiful. 

On our way back through, we were on the edge of a sweet little town, called Liberty, NC, where we lived when we first relocated to this area.  We had decided to build a house there and I purchased the houseplans for this house from  Country Living Magazine.  We had this property picked out, our contractor ready to go, and we then got 'cold feet' and didn't build it.  The contractor built the house anyway and sold it after it was built.  So, this is the house we almost built.  ;-)
We stopped at the best little drive inn restaurant in the area and had lunch: two hamburgers, fries, and two soft drinks for $7.  Yum!  I'm a cheap date!

One last entry for my daddy:  look what we passed while we were out looking for quilt barns....a horse show!  How long has it been since I've seen one of these??? and I have some fun memories from horse shows in my past. (I wish I had all of Daddy's ribbons from his horse shows)  I thought of you when we saw this!

A closeup of the pretty red haired cowgirl for you.  I was hoping to see the riders balance eggs in their spoons, but we didn't see anything cool like that.  ;-)