Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I made a new quilt. And photographed it and everything!





Summer has a way of swallowing things up whole. No? Or, say what? I just mean I finished this quilt a few weeks ago but in the swoosh, whoosh of all that is summer, it is only today that I remembered and/or took the time to photograph it. The colors feel icy and cool. The over all design (Chic Country from Sew Kind of Wonderful) keeps me staring at it and getting lost in the circles.  As soon as I walked back inside, folded it up and set it down, summer is on to the next thing. Summer moves fast is what I'm saying. And the fast pace doesn't allow, or rather encourage, me to look at the things I make and appreciate them for a moment.

Anyway.

-dana

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

More adventuring









More summer shenanigans for this adventure loving girl. This rafting trip with friends was before her two week stint at summer camp. And before her five day hike on a 32 mile section of the Appalachian Trail.

I have mentioned adventure is in her blood, right?

-dana

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Father daughter adventure racing


I've spoken about Adventure Racing as a sport for years in this space. It's an endurance sport combining navigation, running, paddling, mountain biking, and climbing or repelling. Expedition races can last days or weeks while sprint races average six to twelve hours.  It's something my husband, Razor, has done since our youngest daughter was two years old. 


You see where I'm going with this right? 


She's fourteen now and recently completed her first adventure race with Razor. Adventure racing is largely an adult sport and it's uncommon for teenagers to race. But she biked, ran, repelled, and paddled for over six hours in the hot sun with her dad.  This is the two of them at the finish. She was hot, tired, sore, thirsty, sweaty and hungry.


And it's in her blood. She was ready to do it all again as soon as she flopped down in the shade at the finish.

They came in third place in the co-ed division.

Third place ya'll! She's fourteen!


-dana

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Making summer. Summer making.







Making summer or summer making. I'm not sure which is more accurate. I have been making lots of things though. Quilts. Gardens. Pies. Plum jelly.

And memories. More on that soon.

-dana

Friday, June 17, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt Turns 1!


You guys know Farm Girl Vintage, right? I mean, if you've been anywhere online in the last year than you've seen it. I even blogged about it last year. To celebrate it's anniversary, you can download this cute cake quilt block pattern free from Fat Quarter Shop. There are instructions for a 12" and 6" block and I made the 6" one and turned it into a cute zipper topped bag. 

All the strawberries! All the cake! All the Farm Girl Vintage, yo!

Be sure to check out the Jolly Jabber blog post to nab your free block pattern.

Go check out what others have made with this block too.

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts


Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane


Erin from Why Not Sew?


Kelly from Kelbysews




Debbie from Happy Little Cottage




Renee from Sewn with Grace


Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion


Lisa from In the Boondocks




Dana from Old Red Barn Co.




Melissa from Happy Quilting




Kim from Persimon Dreams

Marni from Haberdashery Fun


Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting



-dana







Monday, June 13, 2016

Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt


My dad volunteers for Meals On Wheels and has developed relationships with the people he delivers meals to. In talking with one of them, he's learned that she used to quilt. As a result, over the course of about eight months, she has sent him home with bags of fabric that she thought I might find a use for. In the latest bag was a quilt top. 


Imagine my shaky hands and fluttery breath when I opened up this wrinkly quilt top and discovered it was a generously sized and complete Grandmother's Flower Garden! With bright happy colors and zero damage from being stored for however long!


The first thing I did was call Dad and ask him to make sure she intended to give this away. She did! The second thing I did was to post a photo on Instagram asking for advice on how to get the musty smell out. Should I rinse and dry it before pressing and quilting? Should I wait until it was complete to wash it in order to avoid damage? Would pressing it "seal in" the musty odors? Oxiclean? Sunlight?


Ultimately, I let it air out for four or five weeks. I hung it outside a few times and after just waiting for it to breathe, it smelled much better and I was able to handle it. I carefully pressed it and was so delighted to see how well the octagons were made and how flat the quilt top laid. I quilted it on my home sewing machine with straight lines about an inch apart down the length of it. It's backed in a barely blue lawn and bound in an aqua pin dot. It's been washed and dried and I absolutely ADORE it! Like, I find myself looking at it and I can't believe that it's mine. The colors. The fabrics -- repurposed from clothing, sheets and other things I'm sure. The pattern - one I'll never make for myself. I truly can't even believe it's mine.

And isn't that the thing about quilters? This kind woman who has never met me decided that, as a fellow quilter, I would understand and appreciate the hours she put into this quilt. That I would understand on such a visceral level the importance of her work. That I would understand her design choices and agree with each and every one of them. That I would finish what she had started and make sure to use the quilt. Beyond the beautiful textiles. Above the process of needle and thread. This, THIS, is why I love quilting.

Kindness. Generosity. Trust. And love.

-dana

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Postcards from now

8th grade graduation and a speech that made my heart leap, eyes leak and mouth smile.
And the flash mob performance you coordinated was the absolute coolest!

Making Midsummer Night's Dream proud. And your momma too.

Still adventure racing. Still always at the top of the pack.

533 half square triangles later, I'll soon have a new quilt.

Strawberry rhubarb pie. Enough said.

-dana