Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Quilt Top is done and off to the Quilter

Unbelievable it is done. This quilt turned out to be much bigger than I expected. I measured the width and it was 109 inches I did not even worry about the length. I knew I need to be careful not to go to wide or it would not fit on her machine. I also had to move everything to the kitchen table. I needed more room to maneuver the quilt. What I did was divide the rows up with white material to give it some definition. I used all the flower material my aunt gave me and made rows around the edge creating borders. On the sides I used three rows of three inch material and on the top I used three rows but on the bottom I used two. The key here is I just used up all but small pieces of the flowery material. I figured if would just be an easy way to know the top or if I preferred the bottom. Either way it works.
In a previous post I stated that some of the material had been stored in moth balls and I just wanted to post the responses I have gotten in my world because they just made me laugh. Mrs. BJ said, "It will keep the bug away-" My quilter stated, " I remember that smell it was always in our home" and in my house I heard " what you have a problem with that?" Me no problem..... It is not overwhelming. Living out here in the country it will meet all the requirement listed above. :)
One final mention -- Everyone has been impressed with all the time and effort on the cross stitch panels.  There are twelve.

So in closing on this quilt. I can not wait to use it. It will remind me everyday of two women very important in my life and who I love dearly.

Now we are off to start the table cloth made from shirts my dad sent to me. :)
I'll keep you posted every step of the way.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rainy Day Goals

Today it has been rainy and gloomy. Ziva want to be outside every chance she gets. The goal for today was to finish the quilt I had been working on but this quilt is slow going. The middle of each panel was embroidery by a dear friend. I have been using material given to me by my aunt. Most of these prints are definitely from the eighties. LOL Since this is for our enjoyment I have made use of what was provided to us. One of the fun things about this quilt is someone stored this material near or with moth balls. If you know moth balls numerous washing does not remove the smell. As I ironed several pieces I could smell the moth balls. ( I know several of you would say YUCK but it does remind me of my grandmothers home in southern Alabama. HAHA)

Here is a picture of the panel and I cut the strips in three inches. Planning on sewing a 1/4 seam allowance.

There are twelve panels that she embroidered on and I did two rows of three inch strips along the edge. This was very time consuming for there was limited material and often I was piecing the leftovers together to make a long enough strip. However this next picture will give you a good idea of exactly when it is time to quit. Ziva decided she would get right in my way if I did not stop for the day.

So with a totally in use chaotic work area. (only means creativity in in session). I called it quits for the day. I did manage to finish all the squares so now it is how do I want to pull this together. I have a few ideas. :)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ziva our German Shepard 😍😍❤❤

Just when you think you have the whole day planned it changes. Today was all planned out and when it is done it will go in a totally different direction. I had plans to have the quilt finished by Monday. I even contacted the quilter to let her know to expect me. HAHA that is often the reason it did not work. Today Ziva and I have enjoyed the sun and walked the field. I would bet if she had her way we would be back in the field right now. Got to go.... Off to the field we go...... tomorrow we will get back on track it may be raining. LOL

Friday, February 19, 2016

Plans here at April Fool Farm

We have plans here at the farm and I wanted to give you a glimpse of what is to come. This summer the goal is to actually try and make goat's milk cheese. Also would like to try and make some goat's milk lotion and soap. However we will start with the cheese. :) I have several quilts planned to make. I am working on one right now that the material was given to me by my aunt and the main blocks were embroidery by a super deal friend ( that I love) these are large blocks and there are twelve of them so I am really excited to see the final product. Doing this quilt is slow going. I have several shirts my dad sent me from when he was teaching high school - they have the school mascot on them and I contacted him about if he would mind me cutting them up and making a tablecloth. He said do it. That is my next project. Not to be forgotten the neighbor has me intrigued with watercolor painting. I have several sketches ready to try.
As you can see we have lots going on. this is only the craft section of the farm we still have baby goats being bottle feed and I have two dairy goat does that I want to bond with so I can train them for the milking stand. We still have eight does due to have babies and out of those seven are first time mothers. Anything goes there. Easter brings baby rabbits and we did not have as many babies this year but they are all born and growing. It will not be to many more weeks and the incubators will be set up for chicken eggs. The peahens started laying eggs in April last year - May the year before that. As you can see. WOW it will never end.


stick around -- never know what could happen.

Introduction to April Fool Farm

Well hello there, this is an introduction blog to our farm. We are April Fool Farm and we look forward to everyday. We have dairy and meat goats, large to extra large rabbits, many different kinds of chickens, peafowl- Oh how I love the peafowl, we have white, purple, black shoulder, blue with more colors to come in the future. We of course have a cat and two dogs. :)

So what do we do here? A little of everything. We milk some of our goats and quilt. The best suggestion for you is to check back often just to see what we are up too.

Today we have several baby goats that we are bottle feeding and gearing up for the incubators to hatch peafowl/chicken eggs. Rabbits have babies for Easter and believe it or not Spring will be here before you know it and everything will kick into a high gear.

Hope to see you back here soon.

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