Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #25 Star

I was a little disappointed by our 25th stop located at W9217 County Road A in Delavan, WI 53115. I wasn't disappointed by the farm or the block but by the location of the quilt block. We had to drive deep into their Hobby farm. We weren't even sure we were at the correct farm at first. You couldn't see the block from the road. The only way to get a good look at it was to walk clear across their back yard...which of course I did. I guess through this whole Barn Tour I've gone with the idea that they put a quilt block on their barn, they know that they're going to have some random visitors but it still feels a bit like we're trespassing. I wonder if eventually they will post something to the Barn websites regarding viewing etiquette because I'm really curious with how the farms view their visitors.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

On my way home from work tonight I noticed what a beautiful sunset was in front of me. I pulled into a sub-division to see if I could get a good shot.

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I don’t think I posted the pictures of the sunset we saw while checking out the Quilts on Barns in Walworth County so here they are:

I spent the evening sewing with Jen. ..only we were in separate rooms. She was quilting in QSE and I was making a Halloween Costume in QSW.

I had been planning to be “Stitch Witchery” for Halloween but I’m not sure where my Witch Cape that I made a few years ago is stored. Since we recently got Girl Scout fabric in at the shop Katie and I came up with the brainstorm to be Girl Scouts.

After a quick Google search Katie found us a free pattern for a welders cap. With a few omissions I was able to turn them into the cutest Brownie Beanies. I took two pins off of my Brownie Sash and put one on each beanie. Of course, once I emailed a quick picture to my mom she asked me to make a black beanie for my Uncle Bob to wear with his Priest Costume. I’m just shaking my head at that!!

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Next up, I needed to create a sash because my Brownie Sash was way too short to wear in any way, shape or form. I pulled up the Girl Scout web site so I could get a rough idea on how to put my patches on the sash. It’s a mix between Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. Wow…my mom really had my badges hand sewn onto my original sash in a quite matriculate fashion. I had a hard time getting them off. I on the other hand used monofilament and a zig zag stitch on the machine. I think the sash turned out pretty cute.

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I tried to take a picture of my costume. Ok, minus the shirt. Tomorrow I’ll put on a white top. Aren’t the pig tails a riot? I’m going to have to stop at Walgreens in the morning to get some hair rubber bands. My hair has been shorter for so long that I’m pretty sure I pitched them all before we moved last year.

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I was going to make Thin Mint cookie PJ pants to wear but since Katie couldn’t find her pattern and since I was running out of time I just made the executive decision that I’ll wear jeans with my costume tomorrow.

I also put the binding on my Gobble, Gobble quilt tonight. Now I can get started on hand sewing it down.

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Let’s see, what else?

Oh, I know, here’s a picture of my Glace Grandmother’s Flower Garden that I’m working on. For Thanksgiving Demo’s, I’m going to make it into a table runner. After the demo’s I’ll be turning it into something larger.

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Well, I think that’s everything for the night. Have a fun Halloween Everyone!!

Quilts on Barns - #24 Bear Paw

The 24th Barn on our tour was the Bear Paw at Lauderdale Farm which is located at W4726 County Road A, Elkhorn, WI 53121.

I think this is one of my most favorite blocks that I've seen so far. I can't wait to make one of these. I've never seen this combination of blocks within a Bear's Paw block.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #23 Hereford Star

Barn #23 is the Hereford Star at the Baker Farm and it is just down the road from the Cedar Bend Star. Located at N7850 US 12, Elkhorn, WI 53121. The two farms have a very intertwined history.

When Mom and I got out of the car at the Baker Farm my mom reminded me not to antagonize the animals. What's the first thing she does? Tries to pet the cow through the fence. Mothers!! In the end we both gave in and got kisses on our hands from the Hereford Cows.

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For those of you who have been to a Quilting Retreat at Lutherdale, the Baker Farm is right across the street from the Lutherdale entrance. You could take a quick break and go to see a few of the nearby Quilt Barns.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #22 Cedar Bend Star

The Cedar Bend Star marks the first barn on our tour through Walworth County. You can view Walworth County's offical barn website HERE. The first 21 barns on our journey were in Racine County.

The Cedar Bend Farm is located at N7922 US 12, Elkhorn, WI 53121. While we were there we were able to speak with one of the owners. She happened to be the one who originally got the Barn Quilt program up and running in Walworth County after she had heard about them in Racine & Green counties. She told us about the equipment that they used to attach the block to the barn. How it was very windy that day and the panels were acting like sails. They even cancelled their photographer that day. Luckily the wind died down just enough after church that they were able to get it mounted and the rest is history.


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