Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy Holidays and Barn Progress

It's been a couple weeks since I last posted. 
We've been busy with family, holiday celebrating and more barn work. 
On Christmas we visited Mission San Miguel, which is just up the road from us.

The mission was founded in 1797. 
It always surprises me how 'gaudy' the interior of the mission church is.

The electrician finished upgrading and installing new lights in the barn last week
 and what a difference his work made. 
Our electric system was in pretty sketchy condition for years! 
Below are photos of  the light switch before and after the work.

He upgraded all the wiring in the barn. Yesterday my  husband and I were removing some of the old, decrepit wires. It was the old stuff that had black fiber wrapped around it.
  There are now two LED lights in  the main part of the barn that provide fabulous light, 
especially for working with paints and dyes. 
Can't wait to get out there and make fabric!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

New Quilt Top and Studio Barn Progress

I finished the quilt top I've been working over the last month or so. 
The pattern is called Nose to the Toes, by a company called Beyond the Reef.  I found it very challenging, and fun. 

Below is one of the 7 1/2 inch blocks.  In each block there are 14 pieces. It's one of those quilts where you cut a bunch of pieces, rearrange those pieces, sew a little here and there, 
do more rearranging as desired, etc., etc. 
And if you are like me, you do some deconstruction as well,
 until you get it how you want it. 
You put 4 of these together to create a 14 inch block and then put the the fourteen inch blocks together in three rows of three to create a 42 1/2 inch quilt top.

Below is the sink room in the barn studio. 
My husband did a great job with building the sink counter.
You get great views of vineyards and wineries from the windows
 on the north and east sides of the barn

In the picture below you can get an idea of how long the barn is. 
It is 40 feet long by 30 feet wide. 
We hired an electrician who should be done upgrading the electric system this next week.
Before too long, it should be ready to go.

To show you just how fun we've come on this project, below is the picture of the sink room from the day we had the cement floor poured. Look at those old doors!

Monday, December 3, 2018

New Quilt Planning and Piecing

I've been working on a new quilt from a pattern by Beyond the Reef company called Hang Ten,  Toes on the Nose  It's been quite challenging but fun. It's definitely kept my interest. 
With all the work we have been doing on cutting baseboards, plumbing, etc. trying to get our bathroom back to normal, after the flooding, I just needed a pattern to follow at this time. To make this pattern you start out with 10 inch squares which you cut into two 5 inch squares and some strips. You shuffle pieces and sew some pieces together, then cut, reshuffle, sew, and re-cut and shuffle, etc. I'm finally at the point where I can sew blocks together,
after having to deconstruct quite a few to get the color changes I wanted.

Couldn't resist taking pics of these gorgeous red leaves I saw in the street yesterday. 
Of course I had to pick some up to take home and press flat.