Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Crazy Quilt Revisited

This is a re-post from several years ago from my other blog - Pieceful Afternoon - Ben is now 12, so you can tell how long ago it was.
I've recently decided to pick up the crazy quilt and work on it.  A great project for lazy summer afternoons on the deck.  A glass of iced tea, a cookie or two - or some Ranier cherries, and my threads and fabrics.  As I progress with the new section of the crazy quilt I'll keep you updated.  I wanted to show you the progress so far on the first part, started some years ago.

March 10, 2010 - Come on in - I've been working on my crazy quilt and I'd like to show it to you. Have a nice cup of tea, how about a cranberry/pecan shortbread cookie? Are you nice and comfy? Good, glad to have you visit.


For several summers I would paint fabrics all summer long. I would paint it with a special photo sensivite paint, lay grasses, cedar fronds, flowers, etc on the painted color and put the fabric in the sun to print. Where ever there was something on the fabric, the color would not set and I would get a white image on the colored fabric.


Somtimes Ben would "help" Grammy paint the fabric - mostly by running up and down the painting boards when the paint was dry.


Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever seen? Such a good helper.

When I was painting the fabric I cut the pieces into fat quarters (18x22" for you non-quilters) and there were often small pieces left at the end of a bolt of fabric so I would paint those to use myself. One day, while looking at a nice pile of the pieces I painted for myself I came up with the idea of a crazy quilt made with the hand painted fabrics. Since the fabric is 100% cotton I chose to use only cotton embroidery floss for the stitching.

Do you know why it is called Crazy Quilting? Not because the pieces are crazy shaped, but because it resembles the crazing on old dishes - those little crackly lines that sometimes appear as dishes age.

It is traditional for every Crazy Quilt to have a spiderweb . . .


A butterfly - flying above some pretty flowers . . .

I really enjoy the hand embroidery and like to try out new stitches. After working on it for a while I usually put it aside when it begins to feel like I'm repeating stitches too often - and then when I pick it up again it feels fresh. I am making the quilt in sections and when sections are completes I join them together, and eventually it will be big enough to use on our bed.
And so I begin again with a new section of the crazy quilt.  Stay tuned for updates.
This is the new section of the crazy quilt that I've started - the hand painted fabrics are hand stitched to the backing - and now I can have the fun of embellishing with embroidery.

See you later - I'm off to stitch!  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hiway 20 Barns and Beyond

And now - more drive-by barn photos on busy Hiway 20 - this time they are all gambrel roofed - the more traditional barn of our area.
Cement blocks on the lower half - wood above - and a lovely white fence 
 Do you see the face on the barn?
 A falling down barn - chairs and doors sitting out back - and on the right side of the barn the old basketball hoop for the farmer's kids.
 A working farm, this one is not on the hiway - but is a perfect example of the style of barn in our area.


 Lots of windows

 I've shown this one before - it is being demolished and I suppose the wood will be sold for renovation projects.  I barely got a shot between cars.
 Neat and tidy - and ready for the horses
 Ready for retirement 

Two working barns on adjacent farms.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday Wee Ones - on Thursday

I lost a day this week - actually I lost a week this month - but let's just stick with losing a day.  Thinking today was Wednesday, I planned to have a doll post  - and realizing it is Thursday - decided to do it anyway.

I've been crocheting doll clothes most of the spring - and finally finished outfits for everyone.  Long dresses, like we used to wear in the early 70s.  The dolls think they are great fun - and enjoyed a day in the sunshine on the deck.
 Sunshine and flowers - and pretty new dresses

Abby, who is standing behind you?  Is this a new friend in our group?
It is me, Candace Diane, your new sister.  I came from a yard sale - and I didn't look this good to start with.
Someone got loose with some scissors - and look what they did to my hair - oh my, I was a mess for sure.
But look at my new do - I'm a Ginger and I think it suits me so well.  Don't you agree?

Poppy Sunshine and I are going to pick some fresh flowers in our little pails.  We are so fetching in our summer hats.
 Look. Abby, I have some cute kitties!  Oh Kyla, they are just adorable.
Samantha, Sally Jo, Poppy Sunshine 
Abby, Kyla, Candy D. 
 Summer straw hats are perfect for our new crocheted dresses.

 Sally Jo, let's play catch with the beachball!

Oh Samantha - what a nice tray of sandwiches - let's share with the other girls.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hiway 20 Barns

Almost all these barns are drive-by shots.  This is a very busy hiway, it leads to Anacortes, WA and the main terminal for this area to the San Juan Islands.  No stopping to get photos - it is four lanes and always busy, as there is either a ferry coming in - or about to leave.
 Bright red painted doors and clean white paint - and the back right side the barn is falling down.
 Another view of the same barn.
 All of today's barns are straight slant roofs instead of the traditional area barns which have the Gambrel roof.
 Most have a bit of a flare in the roof part way down - again to give more hay storage space.  Lots of dandelions this year.
 Once grand, now shabby - but the window frames are still there.
 Second view as we whizzed by
 And a third view
 No longer in use - and stacked in front of the barn are bundles of posts used to stake the ends of the massive raspberry fields nearby.  The raspberry bushes are tied up to the wires that run between the stakes.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

5 in 5

Time again for 5 photos on the 5th, in 5 minutes - don't you just love this one?

My subject this time is a pot of flowers that I received as a Mother's Day gift from our oldest daughter and her family.
 1. Pretty petunias, pink and red, with a dark red, spiky grass, what a great combination!
2. A little Dragonfly stopped by for a visit.

 3. So many pretty flowers
4. The tiny pink Petunias (they called them "pot"tunias because they are grown especially for flower pots.
5. Sunshine, flowers and shadows on the deck.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Acme Farms

Another road trip - this time out to Acme, WA - and what a treasure of barns they have
 Before getting to Acme we stopped and got a picture of this barn with the Sisters in the background - always a wonderful farm photo.

 It used to be a tradition to paint advertising signs on the end of barns - and on our way to Acme we always pass this barn - recently painted and advertising a restaurant that is  five and a half miles down the road - we'll have to schedule our trips out that way so we can stop for lunch.  I hear that the food is very good.
 Hidden amongst the blackberry vines
 A newly built barn, in the style that is very popular here.  That shape is called a Dutch Barn - it has a Gambrel Roof - the bulge in the middle of the roof - which allows for much more storage space for hay than a traditionally sloped roof.  This area was heavily settled by the Dutch and their influence is still seen today in the barns.


There are many Christmas Tree farms in our area - you can pick the one you like and cut it yourself.  This one is in front of a really nice old barn with a new roof.

The Barn Collective