I had great fun with this logo and it served me well... It was not only on my nursery website (now defunct), it was on T-shirts, garden signs, note cards, etc. I found a few sets of the note cards in the barn and if you are into garden humor you may enjoy them.... I may even put some on Etsy this summer.
I especially appreciate these flying spectacles of color as the majority of the birds in the garden are shades of grays and browns such as the hawk , dove and wren below. (Not that I love them any less.)
Now I have a good example to show them... This image area is basted in black and after I had the idea of a lace cart I wanted more space lower right...The cottage is firmly placed at this point. And since I'm making this up as I go along I quite often want to adjust the perimeter of my block even up to the very last... So having this extra space allows me to do that.
So since I have such a generous allowance of fabric it is no problem to lower the image space 1/2" and to the right 1/2". So you can see the difference that 1/2" makes. Now I have a lot more room to play with my cart... It doesn't really take any more time or material to make the block large enough to have that generous margin and I highly recommend doing so!!!! (my opinion only)
Quite often I receive blocks in RRs which only have a 1/4" allowance. With shrinkage or distortion during stitching that narrow allowance is limiting. You probably will end up with a 5 1/2" block.. All the extra margin makes blocking and finishing much easier.. Now I have these photos to add to my slide show on block construction....
Isn't this amazing? I love what people do with my buttons!!! I want Marilyn to send me a larger picture because this will be an terrific brooch.
Here's the progress on June's CQJP project. The stuffing in her bloomers needs a little fine tuning but she's there to stay and will work on her flower garden now... Somehow I ended up with very little seam anywhere for fancy stitching...
There will be more eye surgery (partly due to the injury and partly due to the macular) and my surgeon assured me that it's a necessary thing so now it has to be scheduled and move on...
I did stitch a nice, well-behaved little bunny lower right.
I am going to have to stay awhile at the assisted living facility with my mom and will have no internet access... Hopefully just a day or two.
When we bought the farm in 1980 part of the barn had milking stalls and a drain along the floor... It often happens I'm taking a picture of one thing and inadvertently get a photo of something else that I need later. I was actually taking a picture of the gallica roses in this bed. Not realizing I was also capturing about half of the outside of the milking room in its original state. Before I could even start remodeling we had to shovel out a mountain of dried manure and scrape the floor clean... My DH is not a "handy man" with a hammer but he can really shovel "sh--"!
As I started the nursery I knew this room had to serve many uses. To achieve my vision for this large room I figured I'd have to do "shabby mismatched" (my specialty) but found the 5 matching windows at the left at a thrift store "as is" lot. I couldn't believe my luck. The same day I found the 4 smaller matching windows on the right. The room is quite large (about 12'x30')
During the week it was transformed for workshops and lectures...
This was another accidental shot... I was getting the room ready for the weekend not realizing I also got a picture of the original drain in the floor which carried all the cattle waste out of the barn...I kept it covered with old carpets. All someone would have to do is shovel the gravel out and it would be ready to use again...
Then when the nursery finally closed it was transformed again into my big sewing room where I sewed garden smocks, aprons, etc. to sell at garden shows... I finally got tired of bending over sewing machines and quit.
Unfortunately I didn't quit checking the yardage at thrift stores and kept hauling it home and piling in this room with the plan to make totes and purses someday. In addition to what you see here there is a long counter on the inside wall which has many bins under it. This is what it looked like when my neighbor "Super Woman" Liz came and helped me get ready for Cathy Kizerian's visit.
We got all the fabric folded and sorted on the rolling racks and actually found the cutting table. One rack has tapestries, one has cottons and one has home decor fabrics...
Even though it was a January thaw, the wind was blowing and we needed the big propane heaters. It's not the best place to sew as it is most often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer...impossible to keep clean and of course, there's the mice...
But the light is incredible... and it is surrounded with old-fashioned rose bushes.
I still needed to attack the other end of the room not seen in the tidy photo... it is where there are 5 sewing machines, ironing board and another big rolling rack... all buried in fabric.. Liz went home with lots of goodies.... .
But we finished and it was great fun watching all the gals at the retreat cutting the fabric up even more. Ever so often I will see a piece show up in someone's block.
So I think 6 or 7 women could easily work in the barn at the same time. I seldom work out there by myself anymore preferring the comfort and convenience of the house... Maybe when I get enough CQers here in Spokane we could have a retreat of sorts..
When we do finally have to leave the farm and put it up for sale, it will be fun to watch people's reaction to this side of the barn... Well anyway the rest of it is still a REAL barn.... I have a fantasy of someone buying it and turning the sewing room back into a milking room for cows.. Wouldn't they be contended cows surrounded by roses and such a great view?
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