Cindy and Her Bedlam Farm Tote Bag

July 29th, 2016
Cindy and her Bedlam Farm Tote Bag

Cindy and her Bedlam Farm Tote Bag

When Alice wrote to me and told me about her friend Cindy, and what a wonderful person she is, I was happy to make a tote bag for her.

Alice gave Cindy the tote a couple of days ago.  She told me that Cindy hung the bag on her wall.  And wrote:    “It may be a while before (if ever) it gets to stretch it’s legs as a functioning tote bag in the traditional sense, but for now the contents within the bag are happiness for Cindy.  I can’t think of anything else I’d like to carry around in a tote.”

I’d have to agree with Alice on that one.

 

A Basket of Hummingbirds

July 28th, 2016

hummingbirds

I looked at the small basket of hummingbirds that Jon held in his hand.  Each one about the size of a quarter.

He bought them all for me.  The whole basket full.  We were in the Village Store in Cambridge.  It’s one of the places Jon would go to buy me gifts.  Now it’s going out of business, and today, what ever was left in the store, was 75 percent off.

I’m sad to see the store close down.  I would go there to buy dark chocolate and handmade soap on a regular basis.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the humming birds yet.  But before going home, Jon and I stopped in the bead shop and Heather sold me some glue that will permanently attach them to fabric.  I think they may find a place in my next wall hanging.

Rainforest Potholders

July 28th, 2016
Rainforest Potholders

Rainforest Potholders

The fabric was already cut into squares.  Some just had vegetation on them, but others had birds, frogs and lizards.  I plucked them from the box full of quilting scraps that someone sent me.

On Monday I looked at them and thought about making them into potholders.  But I couldn’t see how to make it work.  That’s when I tried to make the potholders from the Ancient Egypt.

But I guess Monday just wasn’t a potholder day.

These came together pretty quickly today.  Once I decided to frame each one with a thin line of fabric.  That seemed to be all I needed to get started.

frog

I have some more squares left, so I’ll probably make more tomorrow and finish them off next week.  Then I’ll put them up for sale.  But if you see one you like, just let me know.  I’ll be selling them for $15 + shipping.

Suzy in the Pole Barn

July 28th, 2016
Suzy

Suzy

It’s been so hot the sheep spend most of the day in the pole barn where it’s cooler.  Although there are a lot of flies, they don’t seem to bother the sheep much.   Suzy was peeking out at me and Fate when we went to open the gate to the pasture for grazing.

My Quilts True Colors

July 27th, 2016

Quilt3

 

I worked at the Cambridge Co-Op today, but did get the back on my quilt before leaving this morning.   I’ll start tacking it with pink yarn tomorrow.  This picture is better than yesterdays, showing it’s true colors.

 

My Quilt Began With An “Ancient Egypt” Skirt

July 26th, 2016

Ancient Egypt fabric

Ancient Egypt on a  skirt.   I got it in a thrift store in Brattleboro, Vermont.  I loved the imagery and the colors. Yesterday I tried to make it into potholders, but it wanted to be a part of a quilt instead.

This is what I did today…

Ancient Egypt detail 1

I found a  hexagon from and old quilt top someone gave me, that had just the right colors in it.   I made it into a square….

Ancient Egypt detail2

….I found where it went and sewed some more…

Ancient Egypt detail3

…then turned the quilt on its side….

Ancient Egypt detail4

…found another hexagon and made it into a square….

Ancient Egypt quilt1

…and kept sewing till I finished.

The color of my quilt is really off in this picture.   But it was getting dark by the time I finished working so I couldn’t get a good picture of it.   Tomorrow I’ll work on the backing and get a better photo in the daylight.  But for now, this gives an idea of what the quilt looks like.

Chloe, Our Pony

July 26th, 2016

jon washing chloe

First I heard the whinny then the sound of the car door closing.  By the time I got from my studio to the barn, Jon was giving Chloe a treat.  There was a big smile on his face when he told me he couldn’t resist Chloe’s whinny.

As much as Jon loves watering the gardens, he now loves hosing Chloe down on these hot days.  It’s the same instinct in him, both loving  and nurturing.

Chloe, of course, loves it too.  She waits patiently at the gate for Jon to get the hose.   Once he starts spraying her, she doesn’t move till he stops.

When we first got Chloe, both Jon and I  thought of her as my pony.  But that’s changing as Jon has more to do with her.

It started with the kisses.  Chloe would lift her nose above the fence and Jon would plant a kiss on her nose. Then, he started brushing her.  Now she’s getting baths.

Jon’s very diligent about taking  good care of  all the animals.  Making sure they have what they need which helps create the peaceful environment on the farm.    But he makes sure they have some extra’s too  (as much as he teases me about giving the chickens gourmet leftovers, he often buys them special treats).  And when the animals are happy, it makes Jon happy too.

Today, as I watched Jon hosing Chloe down,  I saw the trust pass between them.  There was a comfort level I hadn’t seen before and  I thought that Chloe is just as much Jon’s pony as mine.

 

 

 

From Potholders to Quilt

July 25th, 2016

Egypt quilt

I wanted to make some potholders today, but I was having a hard time getting started.  I finally came up with an idea but when I got four potholders done, I just didn’t like them.

I couldn’t figure out quite why or what was wrong.  So instead of keeping up the struggle,  I decided it they didn’t work as potholders maybe they’d work as a quilt.  So I sewed them together and began creating a quilt around them.

You can see the potholders between the black strip of fabric and the pink and green piece.

Egypt quilt2

I added some more strips of fabric. And turned it around…

Egypt quilt3

Then turned it back around again.

This is what it looked like when I left my studio tonight.  I’ll have to sew the corner pieces on before I can sew the whole top together then onto the rest of the quilt.  My plan is to make the corners darker in color, closer to the first strips I sewed in the center.  They may be vertical strips or a completely different design.  I won’t know until I do it.

Suzy’s “Corn on the Cob” Gloves

July 25th, 2016
Suzy Fatzinger's fingerless gloves

Suzy Fatzinger’s fingerless gloves

I was a little surprised when Suzy texted me this photo of one of her fingerless gloves at the beach.  But before she left for her vacation, Suzy finished spinning her wool so she could knit while she sat at the ocean.

Corn on the Cob, I thought when I saw the yellow glove.  Suzy is making the gloves to sell at the Bedlam Farm Open House in October.  After I put in my Three Sister’s Garden she found herself making gloves orange, green and yellow, representing the squash, beans and corn of the garden.

It’s lovely sitting on the beach knitting – soothing” Suzy texted me.

I have a feeling those corn on the cob gloves, that were born on the beach,  are going to bring some sunshine to whoever wears them this winter.

Deb, The Lone Sheep

July 25th, 2016

deb

All the rest of the sheep were back in the pole barn, but Deb was out grazing with Chloe and the donkeys.  It’s unusual for a sheep to stray from the flock. But Ma, Deb’s mother, used to do the same thing.

Sometimes I wonder if Deb is just so busy eating she doesn’t realize the other sheep aren’t there.   But she looks so at ease grazing next to Chloe.  Something in their body language,  makes it look like they’re old friends enjoying some time together.