Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Green Acres Is The Place to Be

Oh YES! I'm on vacation for the rest of the week and am OH SO HAPPY. Lorelai got home about 8:00 last night and Legare will be home tonight. I'm headed downtown for some shopping this morning and Hank will bring home our Christmas tree at lunchtime. If Hank and I do the hard part (getting the tree up and putting on the lights) the kids will usually muster up a LITTLE enthusiasm to help with the ornaments.

Since I'm in a festive spirit (thanks for your supportive comments about last night's post...I was, in southern belle-speak "sick and tired"), I thought I'd share something about myself that I haven't talked much about. I enjoy quilting. I'm not very good at it OR very prolific because I only like to work on it during cooler weather and we don't get much of that around here. I tend toward more folk art-type wall hanging projects which don't show very well here at home but look perfect at the farm.
This is the first quilt I attempted when I took a beginner's class at People, Places and Quilts, a wonderful shop in Summerville, South Carolina. This little log cabin is FAR from perfect but it surely does have a special place in my heart.

My next project was very ambitious...a folk art quilt that is just about all applique' with embroidered Bible verses about home and family. You'll see the full quilt below as well as a few close ups of particular squares. I enjoyed making it because it was more piece work than quilting and with the folk art quality, the applique did not have to be precise.


The last one I completed (below) was done on the sewing machine. Now mind you, I can only sew a straight line and even then sometimes the line ISN'T so straight. It adds a nice pop of color to the boring off-white wall in the master bedroom, don't you think?

Hank likes to think of the farm as his "manly man" retreat and there ARE many manly man activities...a bunch of pickup trucks, hunting and shooting, four wheeling, tractor riding, muddy boots and nasty dirty camouflage clothing (particularly if somebody actually kills something). The decor is a work-in-progress because I try very hard to keep to his "hunt club" philosophy while finding things that I like as well. It is VERY time consuming.

Just a couple more photos...the first turkey he killed...which hangs over the farm fireplace across from a wonderful vintage Coca Cola sign I found at an auction. I fear that if the place ever caught on fire, he'd save the turkey before he saved me. I guess that's OK because I'd be busy saving the quilts...Green Acres IS the place to be!!

18 comments:

  1. I love that Bible verse quilt!

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  2. What great quilts!! Glad you shared!

    Lailani

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  3. The quilts are beautiful! I admire you!! I love to sew and have even made a t-shirt quilt, but I don't think I have the patience to do what you have done!!!

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  4. I can really see how far you have come from the first quilt to the last. I love the middle one BTW.

    I have seen lots of hunting lodges with quilts hanging on the walls. OK so no I haven't. But I do think they look very nice.

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  5. I left you something on my blog!

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  6. Have a super fun vaction!!
    Happy thanks giveing..

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  7. I wish I knew how to quilt. I barely have time to read anymore, though, so learning will have to wait a while. You did a great job!

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  8. I think your quilts are gorgeous...I LOVE LOVE LOVE the folk art quilt. It has so much charm and character....the turkey...ummm not so much...sorry hank!

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  9. Your Bible verse quilt might just be my favorite quilt ever. I love it.

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  10. I love quilts, just can't do it.
    They all look wonderful!

    bless...

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  11. I love your quilts! So funny about the turkey and the quilts. At least you two are busy saving something! ha!

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  12. Wow--I love the quilts! That must take a lot of patience!
    BTW--I haven't come across that movie, but will keep an eye out for it. I'll let you know if I see a listing for it.

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  13. LOVE the quilt...SOOOO pretty!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. I love your quilts! What a talent. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  15. That middle quilt is AMAZING!!!

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  16. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Your quilts are beautiful :)

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