Category Archives: Uncategorized

March 6th…. Bark Camp Church

Yesterday was a very lovely day,so I walked down to the little church at the end of our road which is 3/4 of a mile from our farm. This little church is full of history… let me show you this unique church.


This is the view you see when coming around a corner from our place.


The graveyard to your right, peeking though the woods.

  

  
The tombstones of the wealthier plantation owners and a soldier who died at the battle of Gettysburg.

And there are quite a few babies lain to rest … this always tugs at the heart as I stand there looking down at these little graves..there were several of the wealthy that loss little ones.

. 

And of the less wealthy.. these were just a slab of cement with writing  laying above the grave.

  

The second grave where you see the stone broken,was probably done when Sherman was going though on his March from Atlanta to Savannah.

Undated grave,and a young lady’s 

 
Some of the more common graves of this area…

 
This grave site is of a wealthy plantation owner ,who had given written instructions of his burial. There is this reading inside the church.

  

 
This is the will in his handwriting,I found it a little difficult to read. How about you?

Now for the church…

 
The restrooms


Inside from the front of the church then from the back..

. 

Interesting details…

 
 
 
The preacher wore the carpet thin and his candle overflowed a bit…. and the amen corner

  
The windows

 
The door and foundation

 
Information..

 

Back room ,and of course one had to have a fan in hand in June,July ,and August to survive the heat.

 
And now let’s go out under the trees for a potluck dinner and sweet tea…


A little creek running not far from the church… wonder if anyone was baptized here …

I posted a article from on line for more information if you care to read.

Deb

Feb.19th..double wedding ring

I finally decided to do the double wedding ring after going though the box of scraps . There is enough fabric to do another quilt of a different pattern later with larger pieces. The pieces that I have are all very small just big enough to get the little pieces for the rings . I am going to paper piece the rings for it would take to much time to cut each little piece with a template. At least to me it would.🙂

I made a pattern to piece on..


It will work out great! Look at all these lovely old fabrics .. I really forgot I had so many.

 
There are some really little pieces 1 1/2 inch or less that I thought would be cute to make into mug rugs.


Then I found these pieces that looked to me like they were cut for a quilt.

A fan ,tumbler ( larger and smaller size) Dresden plate would be my guess.

Then I found some blocks..



This piece was sown to the bottom piece in foundation piecing. There were a lot of strips so I might just do a log cabin with those pieces, and put this one in the quilt.


This block looks like it many have been a victim of mice teeth.

As I went though this fabric , I had to think of the lady that owned these before me. I do believe she liked to quilt, she also liked to save her scraps.. some of the fabric looked like shirt fabric ,so did she also make shirts for her family? I also had to wonder if any of the fabric held special memories for her…..


I hope my readers don’t get tried of seeing  camellias.. I am still taken away with their beauty.



As I was walking taking my evening stroll ,I come upon this bush. Don’t know what kind it is,( maybe in the japonica family ?)But the bees loved it.

Tomorrow hubby and I will be married for 29 wonderful years. My.. how time flies!

Deb

Feb 15 … vintage scraps

I have this storage box full of old vintage scraps..

 
I want to make something special with these scraps,but I’m having a hard time deciding on which pattern I want to use. I want to use an older pattern like a grandmothers fan or the double wedding. Is there an older pattern that you think would be great made with these scraps? I’m open for ideas.

I did get a scrappy top finished. The idea for this pattern came from a lady off Flickr,who makes lovely tops  Linda Miller is her name if you are looking for some inspiration.


A few blocks cut ready for sewing.


I would really like to try this pattern with these blocks. It would be more scrappy then this picture,but if I use light ,dark ,medium ,dark and light again … let’s see what happens.


Again look at the vintage scraps and tell me what quilt pattern comes to your mind. 😊

Feb.12th…. signs… one lovely ..one sad

I’m sure that some of you have meet Molly the Rottweiler that one day arrived on our farm ,starved and in sad shape, to then choose us as her adopted family.

  
She has been a real sweet dog that loved all on the farm even as much as licking the other dogs faces as if she was mom. Several weeks back I noticed a lump on her chest, didn’t think to much about it for Molly was active and eating well. Last week I noticed the lump increased in size and two others.. so after looking into it.. I know even more how ugly that cancer word can be! We had her put to sleep this week for she went down hill fast ,losing weight fast,and in pain…. I don’t like to see something suffer, so hard to see,and I would much  rather remember her full of life . Molly was with us for six  wonderful years .

Now for the lovely sign… SPRING






The camellia bushes had been so beautiful this year, even when the petals hit the ground.




I do believe the flowerbeds are soon going to need more work to be done in them… until then I have some sewing I want to finish first.

Jan.22 … bad weather in Georgia 

The last two days have called for keeping a watch on the weather as we have had tornado warning,with severe thunderstorms. There are trees down on roads,and a neighbor that lost a calf shed roof,thankfully no serious damage like farther south where there are reports of deaths.

After one of the thunderstorms that went through,we had a beautiful rainbow .. my iPad just doesn’t do the rainbow justice but one can get a glimpse of the beauty with the clouds still looking angry.



Forecast for tomorrow…. rain and high winds…

Jan.16th.. jeans and fleece

My daughter hasn’t been doing so good this last week,she has a nasty  cold,when she gets sick  like this I need to be within sight to help her with everything. So being in the sewing room was not an option,no problem… Just need to do something close by on a table near her. Off to search….. this is what I found..


Some of my dads old jeans with a small remnant piece of denim…


Some fleece strips that was in amongst mom’s scraps.. I cut the jeans up into 6.5″ blocks ,also the fleece.


Had enough blocks to make two crib size blankets. I then pulled out my treasured old girl ,she was up to a good warm up. This is the end result of one of those stacks of blocks.

 
Front.                                                                             Back

 I have 88 of the log cabin blocks made.. I slipped into the sewing room a few times when Leona was napping.
When out getting some fresh air while second daughter LouAnn did the caretaker duty.. these cows were very curious about the old lady walking down the road. :))

 
Have a good week…Deb

Jan.12th… the first new arrivals…

The first babies of 2017 on the this farm was little piglets….14 of them… only one died because we thought mommy sow was done , when we checked on her an hour later the last one was born and had gotten to far out from the heat lamp. There are still 13 healthy little piglets running around. 😀 just look at them .. 


This is why farm life charms me… 


Deb

Jan.8th…. scraps,and more scraps

And the boxes of scraps that turn into a storage tub,then two storage tubs…. you get the picture .

That’s what I’m looking at.. I have scraps of my own that have piled up ,scraps from my Mom when we had to rehome her,and more scraps coming from a elderly church lady who called ,saying she has some scraps for me.

So what am I going to do with all this fabric that would take ages to cut up into blocks,then there would be so many little  sizes.. (that thought gives me a headache.)

I went for my pencil ,paper and ruler. I’m not an artist but with the help of a ruler I can draw some lines. I made two block patterns that I liked that used little pieces.


I am also going to use the log cabin one again for I really like it. I once again removed the thread from my machine ,then stacked ten news printing paper under the copy pattern that I had made. I copied off 10 copies of the white copy paper as my guide to sew the lines on the thinner news print. You can see the lines where to sew ,also it makes tearing the paper off easier.

I use the larger pieces for the log cabin ,then put aside the even smaller ones for the little 4.5 inch blocks.

I have fifty five blocks done of the log cabins

Then this block


Fifteen of these done… then the last block pattern.

These are using little shapes of all sizes..


The blocks look like this before you trim them


Trim up the blocks and you had a lovely block full of color.


I have twenty of these done. I have many more to make as it hasn’t even made much of a difference in the scrap stack. I will decide later how I will use them .

I have put in a quilt top back in my frame again,it will keep me busy quilting all winter.. and maybe into next one. It is the fire hosta island quilt top that measures 100″by 100″.


This is the quilt that I just took out.. now to bind it. I really procrastinate when it comes to binding.


Keep warm friends ,for even the south is cold today. I have ice on my porch even in the middle of the day.. Deb