came in the mail today. Sherri (www.littlecabincreations.blogspot.com) read my post about Isabelle and my intentions to sew for her. She left a comment that she had two new patterns she would like for me to have if I wanted them. Of course I said YES! The patterns have a good selection of styles to choose from and I'm thinking the first thing I will make is a pair of springtime pajamas. Now I need to put away the quilt block sewing and sew for Isabelle.
I think you would enjoy a visit to Sherri's blog; she makes sweet, sweet cloth dolls and beautiful clothes for them, all by hand I believe.
I want you to meet Isabelle, my American Girl doll ~
This is how she came to live with me: Our children and grandchildren were all here at Christmas for lunch. When we had finished eating, they put gifts on the table for the Farmer and me. One gift was a rather long box, and thinking it was for the both of us, I told him to open it, but the girls said, "No, this one is for you!" I took the first wrapping off, and there was another layer of Christmas paper; "So it's one of those gifts!" I thought. But under this layer was a box which I immediately recognized and I was so excited and exclaimed, "I know what it is! It's an American Girl doll!' They had pooled their money and bought her for me. I love these kids!
The papers that came with her say she's a dancer, but living on the farm with me will make her a country girl. She'll be dressed in print cotton dresses, trimmed with buttons and rickrack (I never learned to attach lace very well), flannel nightclothes, plaid and denim play clothes;
she'll sleep in a homemade bed with homemade sheets and pillowcase, and patchwork quilts.
I really like her, and I've wanted a doll this size to sew for; now I have plans for all kinds of things. Ahh ~ how much she would have been loved 64 years ago ~ smile~
These, with many more blocks, are what they have become:
a big, colorful quilt top. The scrap pile seems no smaller ~ sigh ~ Most points matched up perfectly which made me happy. What do you think about using black in a quilt? I think it makes the colors pop! Now on to another project....
seems to be the perfect descriptive word for the month of February and the beginning of March. Can't even see the mountains (this is just a hill) and I think I've only seen the moon two times since the new moon. We've had a little snow, enough to make the ground a sloppy mess to trek through while doing the feeding. But, we've lived with it, knowing full well that it won't be long until we're wishing for rain and cool summer breezes. "Que sera, sera!"
The Farmer had asked for extra time out before getting chickens again, to give his leg time to recover. (By the way, it's o.k. now.) I think "they" gave us two or three extra days, just long enough to make me want to retire, so yesterday we filled the houses again. (You're saying, "Oh no! not another picture of chickens!")
There were twins this week; what a cold, cold time for babies. I don't see how people can raise cattle in the northern states where it is so much colder. We have them in the barn with their mother. (Terrible picture of them :(; too dark inside the barn)
This morning the Farmer sent off a load of hay that was purchased last summer but only now being picked up; sometimes we wonder if we should have kept it since this winter more hay has been needed. This load went up the mountain in all this fog.
So, there you have it: my life these days. There have been some quilting projects tucked into a few hours most days that I want to tell you about; a wonderful Christmas surprise gift and a fun tradition my girls and I have going; some crochet work ~ just give me a few days to catch up. Writing a blog post takes up so much time because I sit and wait and wait for the pictures to load.
For a little glimpse of what's been happening around the farm, my daughter's blog, www.musingreader.blogspot.com, will fill you in. I'm happy to say, after turning from all shades of dark red to purple to yellow, and swelling twice the size it should be, the farmer's leg seems to be almost back to normal. After she calmed down a bit, the cow went into the trailer, we brought her home, and pulled the calf. Now, the question is, how do we get her on the trailer a second time to take her to market, for no matter how pretty she is, she won't be spending the rest of her life on this farm!
You all know how much I love to work jigsaw puzzles. It's just a natural thing for me to do after the stress of December, the dreary sunless days, and long nights between supper and bedtime. The Farmer gave me two puzzles this year for Christmas gifts.
I worked the most difficult one first, 1000 pieces, QUILT MONTAGE. I don't have time from farm chores, etc. to sit and work full time, so it took me about a week and a half to finish this one. When I started it I wasn't sure it was workable, but by taking it one section at a time it was.
The second one, 500 pieces, FARM LIFE, was much easier to work because the pieces were larger, and well, not as "busy" as the first one. And, by the way, a window screen is a perfect thing to put the pieces together on; it holds everything in place and keeps pieces from falling onto the floor.
So now my desire to work a puzzle for the winter has been satisfied and I'll take up the crochet hook, needle and embroidery thread and make something to show for my time.
Mary, at www.visitswithmary.blogspot.com, posted a fantastic poem about puzzles today; check it out!
I believe this year is following in the footsteps of last year, for here it is the middle of January already! How can we slow it down? And how we wish for some days with sunshine after a month of dreary, damp weather. Do we never stop complaining about the weather?
I feel like I've made good use of my time so far; remember the flying geese blocks I was piecing, hoping to use up some scraps? The top is finished ~
and as soon as I feel like working with a big lining fabric I'll put it on the frames to quilt, after I've checked to make sure all the papers are removed; sure don't want any surprises when I'm quilting! It turned out to be a BIG top. During really cold days my sewing room is too cool to work in comfortably, so I have other projects to work on (another post :) Remember those triangles left over from these blocks that I just couldn't throw away? Here they are, paired up with white triangles, trimmed to size and boxed up, waiting for another time.