I never knew how busy I truly would be with a new home. Sure, I knew I would have to be flying even more than I usually did. But, on my days off, every day is allocated to a different project around the new house. Am I complaining? NOT! ONE! BIT! I actually enjoy working on home improvement projects, and it has made me much more productive with my sewing while I am flying.
My black featherweight, Miss Bev, has been humming right along in my hotel rooms
during my layovers. These string blocks are from the Missouri State Quilt Guild, and I have been able to assemble all of them into basket weave quilts for Quilts of Valor.
And before you think I haven't sewn anything in my new sewing studio,
I have been playing with the recycled shirtings my friend Cherie of
generously shared with me. I cannot WAIT to show you what I am working up
with these. This fabric came just at the right time as we start our second installment
of "Scrap Club" at O'Sewpersonal.
This segment of "Scrap Club" will be hosted by your's truly, and will focus on the
"Log Cabin" block.
I may have to participate in the Log Cabin Lunacy Julie is hosting on her blog that my blogging friend Kathy of Kathy's Quilts tempted me to read!
I am really, really excited about this class!
Along with our "Scrap Club" mystery, I issued a "Crumb" challenge to the students.
Many of them have never dabbled or played with the small left over pieces and cut offs of scraps
while they make quilts. This encouraged the students to play with their fabrics, and try something new. The turn out of "Crumb" quilts was great!
Congrats to all of the students who played along!
As you can see, some got REALLY creative with portraits and letters!
I sometimes get the cold shoulder from Valentino when I come home.
I can't say that I blame him when he has this gorgeous window view to stare out of with
the sun and shadows to ponder upon.
Miss Honolulu, AKA My Beautiful Little Momma
is doing great! Thanks for all of your prayers! She and my Handsome Daddy were able to come stay with me during the Memorial Day Weekend and work around the house.
She is sporting a flower from one of the flower gardens here at the new house. LOL
Of course when my Dad is around, Sophia is ALWAYS sitting in what I refer to
as the "PaPa Patch!"
But, we didn't just sit around and eat picnic food during the weekend!
NO! NO! NO!
There was important work to be done!
As I shared before, this old shed on the property was going to be transformed into
a chicken coop.
My friend Mike poured the concrete footings to make it extra secure
from any type of predator.
Metal studs are going up!
Nothing should be able to chew through these!
The framing is complete!
Hardware cloth hung and more concrete around the base for extra security!
As you can see, this is a very wooded area of the property which is home to all
sorts of predators such as raccoons, possums, foxes, coyotes, owls, hawks, and snakes.
I don't want ANY of those critters to get my flock!
Getting the inside of the coop set up.
Roosts are in the right hand corner, along with roosting
at the bench where my dad is working.
I plan to compost all of this hay as it is used and changed during cleanings.
And, a completed coop for some really happy chickens!
We were happy it was finished too!
This truly is the "FORT KNOX" of chicken coops!
Here my dad holds my Old English Blue Bantam Rooster named Lex.
And I am holding my most favorite hen, a Light Brahma named Sweetie Pie.
By the way, don't hate our excellent taste in fashions.
We were working!
My dad sure is talented when it comes to construction.
We had some ups and downs, as most people do with any
DIY project. But, I couldn't be happier with this coop and
am so happy I was able to have my dad help out with this project.
And, these little chickies couldn't be happier either!
I am thoroughly enjoying my mornings with a cup of coffee while reading some outdated
quilting magazines courtesy of quilting friends. I love to watch these very entertaining birds.
I find inspiration in these old magazines from time to time, and really enjoy reading them.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh............this is what I have wanted for so long!
I promise to keep you all up to date on things that go on around here at
the Quilt Cave. It's going to take money, and time, and I will just have to
be patient. I wish money grew on trees! LOL
The next few projects are on the near horizon!
Thanks for your friendship!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on quilting and enjoying life!
Kevin the Quilter