Monday, August 25, 2014


How did a month go by!?! I feel like this year has been a blur. We have finally contracted to have some much needed work done to the house. Our new master bath and laundry will start next week (fingers crossed) and we'll get a new roof and gutters this fall. It is such a relief to have these things scheduled. There are so many good things that have happened because of our move - a big vegetable garden, lots of animals, driving country roads, enjoying the sites and sounds outside my windows, and small town living in general. Still, the move has been a big adjustment. Little by little it is getting better - feeling more like home. A couple weeks after we moved I remember thinking - geez, every step I take is new. I'm a creature of habit and this really took it's toll on me. Those first weeks were spent unpacking and working outside. It was frustrating to me that little was happening inside. I know I just needed to be patient but that was easier said than done. It was during this time that my daughter told me Parks and Rec was looking for teachers and suggested I teach a quilt class. I thought about it briefly and said I didn't have the time. A few days later I visited Appalachian Piecework in town. I'd been wanting to stop by to meet the proprietor, Laurie, who is mother to a friend of my daughter's. What a shop! It is full of antique and vintage textiles and fiber creations by Laurie and other artists. While Laurie and I were chatting I mentioned teaching a quilt class and she offered to have the class in her shop. We started planning and before I knew it we were in the Parks and Recs fall brochure! I decided to offer the class on English Paper Piecing. I soon realized I really didn't have a finished EPP quilt! Well - this won't be a finished quilt but it will be close to a finished top. I'm looking forward to the class and hope someone signs up! It was good for me to get my mind off my new surroundings and all the demands I felt because of them. Quilting is such good therapy!

I made the star last winter - was it really that long ago! and pulled it out for a quick (really?) hexie border.

I've been snapping photos for over a week now. Here is a little of what's happening in our farm garden...
Galeux d'Eysines squash - a French heirloom - it gets a wonderful warty surface as it matures. I just read the name means "embroidered with warts".

Ruby Red Chard 

The Silver Appleyards have gotten very big. They are almost adults so we now know we have two males (drakes) and four females.

My daughter putting in the fall garden.

The barn garden - see those sunflowers in the background - they are easily 10 feet tall.

An okra blossom. I tried okra for the first time - very good just sautéed in a bit of pork fat.

The ducks love to forage under this big oak tree in the pasture and Duke is trying to find the groundhog.

This is the spring house. My understanding is that the water we don't use comes out here and goes into the spring that runs through our property.

Harvest - plus a crock of fermenting cabbage. Had a little of the kraut for lunch. It was so tasty. Very easy to do and it is so good for you.

Freda the momma cat. I'm afraid she is pregnant again. We are learning about cats the hard way...

Duke and the kittens are getting to know each other. Duke is realizing he can't take them in his mouth or momma cat gets pretty fierce. The kittens don't like it much either. The calico goes to her new owner later this week. We are keeping the grey and white and still looking for someone to take the tortoiseshell.

Little Smokey Roo - can't really explain how he got that name - has been seen rubbing up against Dukes legs. Duke received a lot of praise for quietly letting this happen.

Some jewelweed by the spring

I started making some curtains this afternoon. It was a beautiful day so I opened the two windows and got a nice breeze. I wasn't happy with the sheers in the stores so I ordered a linen cotton blend from to make my own. I'm loving my new Oliso pro iron. I'll need it if I make window treatments for all 27 windows. Yikes!

Hope it isn't so long between posts in the future. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So excited to see your post and see all your happenings!! Never a dull moment on the farm! Good for you teaching a class. If I lived close, I'd sign up!! Sounds great!! That's a bunch of window treatments! But they will all be fabulous when you finish!!


  2. I love getting a look at your new life, Maureen. You really have undergone major changes--you need fabric therapy!! : )
    That is great that you signed on to teach. I love the block you are surrounding with hexies. Beautiful colors and fabrics.

  3. Lovely to hear your news and I really enjoyed all your photos. That is going to be a beautiful hexagon quilt :)

  4. Enjoy the teaching gig! Wish I could attend.

  5. Bloom where you are planted - and it looks like it is all falling into place for you. I loved all the pictures of your beautiful country setting. Enjoy the class! Sounds like a fantastic shop to be so close to as well. The gardens and critters are all fun to see photos of. Yikes is right, 27 windows!
    Thank you for sharing your new adventures.

  6. So glad that you seem to be transitioning beautifully into your country life! Leading the quilting group will give you a marvelous introduction to the nicest ladies in the area. Don't forget to bring chocolate to the group each week, because you can't do quilting without chocolate, LOL!

  7. Enjoyed hearing about your new life. So many changes for you but positive, challenging and some fun, I'm sure. Good luck with the teaching, a great way to meet people too.

  8. Quilting really is good therapy. So glad to hear you're settling into your new life and finding time for all the other important things too.:)

  9. Hi Maureen,

    I was so glad to be able to peruse your blog as it brought many memories back to me as I use to belong to the Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild, I use to belong to the Rockbridge Piecemakers Quilt Guild, I use to volunteer at the Virginia Quilt Museum and I organized the first, and several after, Rockbridge County Quilt Exhibits. Then, I became quite a hermit on my farm with all it entails - a great life!

    As you see, I said 'USE TO'. Maybe meeting you at the Staunton Farmers Market and sharing a few words about quilting are signs, or the incentive, I was waiting for to return to quilting.

    Perhaps, taking a class from you would be a fabulous way to return to a once and long ago passion of mine. I am sure I have digressed to the novice stage. Please let me know of your upcoming classes or where I can look to get the info. I am ready to return to quilting. I only hope that I can still see well enough to see the stitches. Getting old does have its downsides.

    See you Wednesday,

    Cyndy (Becky's Mom - Mountain Glen Farm)

  10. HI! Maureen, Nice to hear what is happening, country life and lovely vegie gardens look wonderful. Even time for curtain making and lots of them!! but quilting keeps us calm and happy.