Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Starry patchwork

I pieced this quilt top last fall when I was away with friends for a sewing weekend. I had already made the twenty star blocks and just brought lots of blue prints along to place the stars on a field of scrappy patchwork.

With a few pops of red. And red binding.

And jaw dropping quilting by way of The Back Porch Quilters.

Simple patchwork is my favorite but I'm loving the movement that these stars give to it.


Monday, May 25, 2015

19 years

I've been married to this man for 19 years today. Nineteen years of learning, laughing, compromising, adventuring, hearing, being heard, working, traveling, rejoicing, growing, moving, These years have passed in a blink but have created a depth of history I'm so proud to share with him.

He is an adventurer. He likes to test his physical limits. He is passionate about sport and his beloved Missouri Tigers.

He is unabashedly himself. Admitting his fears and celebrating his strengths. He's optimistic. Calm in crisis. Fiercely loyal. Committed to learning how to be better. Both at work and play.

And in our marriage. He's worked at it for nineteen years and we've worked hard together to make our partnership strong, close, committed, and supportive. Communication takes work and we've put the time in and are damn good at it these days. That sentence makes my eyes fill with tears of pride and satisfaction. I blink those away and just think of him. All that is him. 

A husband. A father. A family man.

He's a keeper. I love him so.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Star Crossed

Fat Quarter Shop recently released a new pattern called Star Crossed based on an antique quilt they loved. I'm a sucker for a good star quilt block and took the chance to make up one Star Crossed block and use it as the front panel of a new bag.

I wanted a large bag to use during the summer months for picnics and going to the lake and pool and pot luck dinners and all of those summery things. This bag certainly fits that bill. And the fact that I cut up a leather jacket that I found at a thrift store for the bottom, top and handles assures that this sturdy bag will last for many summers to come.

A new summer bag is now checked off my list. I think a scrappy Star Crossed quilt just got added.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Must have flowers

I love pretty plants and flowers in my yard. I bet many of you do too? What are your yard flower must haves? Annual? Perennials? Best for sun? Best for shade? I have dozens and dozens of varieties of blooms in my yard but am always looking for something new.

Hey! I know!  Wanna trade? I'm thinking it would be fun to trade seeds and/or live plants. If you want to participate, send me an email at dana at oldredbarnco dot com and we can work out some details.

Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The creative flow

Are you ever just in the zone? Think, cut, sew, press, imagine. I've been in the zone lately. I've made all of these in the last week. I'm going to send the quilt to The Back Porch Quilters and can't wait to see what magic they stitch on to that strawberry patch of a quilt.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

But look I made a quilt!

Still messy and chaotic over here at Chez Old Red Barn Co. But I made a new quilt with nothing but 2.5" squares of fabric.

And a new quilt is always good.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Oh the mess

A purposefully out-of-focus photo of a room full of stuff that doesn't belong. Stuffed shoved in here while we tackle some much needed improvements on the office. Between this and our poor dog, Scout, things are very messy right now.

I don't like messy. It makes me all twitchy. And May means even more mess as the school year rushes to a close, trips are taken, plays are performed and deadlines scream near.

Deep breath Momma. Try to enjoy the view.